By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”GOVERNOR Rotimi Amaechi has cancelled foreign medical trip for top government officials and other privileged citizens of the state.
The governor, who made this known Sunday night at an informal session with media men in Port Harcourt, said the burden of financing such had become too heavy on the state. He said such funds would rather be channeled to put the state-owned hospitals in better shape.
The governor explained that analysis of beneficiaries of the medical treatment abroad showed that only the rich and influential people in the society were gaining from such government gesture, as the common people hardly had access to government functionaries to push their case.
He noted that the state government was aware of the enormous pressure on the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt, which is the only functional secondary health institution in Port Harcourt, and assured that the new Kelsey Harrison Niger Hospital completed recently would be equipped this year.
The governor also said that twenty three general hospitals in the local government areas would be renovated to complement the newly built primary health centres across the state and advised residents to patronize the health centres, especially those with minor ailments, to reduce the pressure on the hospitals.