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Anambra state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike and  a team from the Ministry of health yesterday visited Ossomala General hospital following the directive from the governor, Chief Willie Obiano who responded swiftly to the report by the Ogbaru Council Chairman, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu, on the near collapse of the Ossomala General hospital which last delivered a baby 27 years ago.

The Hon. Commissioner regretted the drawbacks in the initial plans for the hospital, saying that the state government will reactivate its understanding with RISE Clinic and assured that the hospital will be brought back to its former glory as soon as practicable.

Dr. Akabuike said that the state government is rolling out health insurance scheme for all the 21 local governments and that it is only when the only General hospital that Ogbaru local government area has is up and running that the people of Ogbaru can have a hospital that the people of the local government could be referred to in the health insurance scheme, without which Ogbaru people will not benefit from the scheme. He affirmed that that is the compelling reason why the Ossomala General hospital will have to be refurbished in no distant time.

The Commissioner said that the hospital will be fenced and doctors' and nurses' quarters rehabilitated, so as to have the doctors and nurses live within the hospital for more efficient and effective healthcare delivery.

The Ogbaru Council Chairman, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu thanked the Hon. Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Joe Akabuike for coming to see the sorry state of the Ossomala General hospital and also thanked the governor, Chief Willie Obiano for picking interest in the hospital and further appealed for immediate commencement of all that has been said about rehabilitating the hospital as Ogbaru has to be part of the health insurance scheme that is about to start. He argued that the population in Ogbaru is exponential and that the healthcare attention given to Ogbaru should commensurate with the population.
The Council boss alarmed that the 33 Primary Healthcare Centres in Ogbaru LGA are in terrible conditions, that some are in rented one-room shops, some that have a structure built do not have placenta pit or that the placenta pits are filled up or collapsed and stinking, presenting another threat to the health of the people.
Hon. Awogu said that a declaration of state of emergency on health sector particularly in Ogbaru local government area could be a bold move to arresting the drift in Ogbaru healthcare system. The Council Chairman also lamented the rate of deaths being recorded as a result of quackery and said that quackery has taken over the healthcare system in Ogbaru local government area. He particularly mentioned Okpoko area and said that nearly half of hospitals and maternity in Okpoko area do not have requisite approvals and that the Council will commence closure of such illegal healthcare centres and unqualified and fake healthcare practitioners who are daily sending citizens to their graves untimely.

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