By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi, has warned medical experts in the state to steer clear of any form of corrupt practices, saying such acts were capable of truncating the provision of affordable healthcare delivery to the people of the state.
Elechi, who dropped the warning, weekend, while disbursing N100 million to six mission hospitals in the state, noted that the funds were meant to address the health challenges posed by poverty and ignorance and advised the health practitioners to give valuable services to the people without the intent of making profit out of their services.
Benefitting hospitals include St. Vincent mission hospital, Ndubia Izzi, Mile Four hospital, Abakaliki, Rural Improvement Mission hospital, Ikwo, Mater hospital Ikwo, Sudan Mission hospital, Onuenyim and Presbyterian Joint hospitals.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr. Sunday Nwangel,e said: “The N100 million given to you sums up the total amount so far received by you to N800 million.
“The first phase was designed to address infrastructural and intellectual development, while the second phase will sustain the success story of the first phase.
“In the health sector, we have made remarkable progress. Our immunization coverage has expanded across the state.”
The governor instructed local government chairmen in the state to desist from proliferation of health centres in their areas, but advised that they should rather assist in equipping and putting into use already existing ones.
He also noted that government was still fashioning out ways on how to improve the salaries of medical personnel in the state, emphasizing that no state could thrive without taking into account the health conditions of its people.