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The journey towards upgrading Ojoto Health Centre by the State Government, today commenced with the visit of the Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike to the facility. 
Government House Correspondent Taeshie Benjamin joined the team from the Health Ministry on the visit and tells us more. 

The Commissioner was on a preliminary study visit to the Healthcentre on the request of the Community, to assess the facilities already put in place through self-help efforts by Community towards its anticipated upgrade to a general hospital.
In the company of stakeholders in the community including the traditional ruler, Igwe Dennis Okafor, the President General, Chief Edwin Umeghalu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr Kingsley Ezekwelu and numerous others, Dr Akabuike inspected the facilities. 
Addressing the community, the Health Commissioner, Dr Akabuike who noted that experts from the Ministry will immediately visit the Center to understudy the equipment on ground, gave the community three options which include upgrading the center to either a general hospital, an annex to the State University Teaching Hospital or a maternal and Child Healthcare Specialist Center. 
He commended Ndi Ojoto for their self-help ideology in supporting the establishment of a high-class health institution in the community, affirming that what they are requesting is in line with the present administration's objective to achieve efficiency in primary healthcare delivery across the state. 
While thanking the Ojoto community for their overwhelming support to Governor Obiano during the just concluded governorship election in the state, Dr Akabuike assured them that they have made the right decision and will not regret it. 
The Traditional Ruler of Ojoto, Igwe Okafor explained that what the community is requesting is what will benefit the future generations and expressed optimism that the Obiano administration having identified health as a major enabler in what it is doing, will key into the project to ensure that it is fully realized.
Earlier, the President General of the Town, Chief Umeghalu acknowledged that the visit goes to re-enforce the premium the present administration places on health and its readiness to partner communities towards improving the health of their people. 
In a vote of thanks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths Mobilization, Sir Tony Uche-Ezekwelu noted that the community has been at the forefront of supporting the Obiano administration and APGA, adding that the upgrade of the Healthcentre will help give Ojoto a sense of fulfilment that the government they supported has their interest at heart.

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