The Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, at the weekend inaugurated the renovated Eku Baptist Government Hospital in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state and expressed confidence that the administration after him would not abandon his government’s extensive and comprehensive health facilities and projects.
Uduaghan said safeguards in terms of “deliberate policies and programmes” had been entrenched in the system to guarantee sustenance of the widely acclaimed modern healthcare projects, facilities as well as associated human capital programmes initiated or instituted by his government.
Specifically, the governor said the state government had signed a five-year agreement with a competent company towards the maintenance of the ultra-modern facilities in Eku Baptist Government Hospital.
To make good the state government’s takeover of the management of the once famous Eku hospital in late 2009, the government in the last couple of years committed about N2 billion into the comprehensive renovation of all existing facilities in the hospital.
It also upgraded the old structures in the different departments through the installation of computerised medical and healthcare facilities as well as an ultra-modern Accident and Emergency Complex and a modern mortuary.
Inaugurating the projects and facilities, Uduaghan said he had no doubt that his successors would not abandon the health institutions and the ultra-modern facilities established by his administration due to the said safeguards to ensure the sustenance in interest of the people of the state.
“Let me assure the management of the Eku Baptist Government Hospital and the Eku community that government will sign a five-year contract with a company to ensure that the equipment and facilities at the hospital remain in good condition,” the governor said.
He expressed his determination to restore the past glory of the hospital, which he noted had a history of nation-wide patronage by the people.
The intervention by the government, which led to the reconstruction and comprehensive re-equipping of the hospital was as a result of the entreaty of the Nigeria Baptist Convention and the Eku community government to take over the then badly rundown hospital.
“Objection from certain individuals in Eku community had put paid to the initial plans to convert Eku Baptist Government Hospital to the Delta State Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), which was eventually moved to Oghara, Uduaghan further revealed.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr William O. Odunvbun, noted that the Uduaghan administration “has carried out a comprehensive renovation of all the old structures and provided ultra-modern accident and emergency complex and a modern mortuary. The hospital now boasts of 16 slice CT-Scan, ultra-modern dental unit and laboratory equipment.”
Odunvbun further explained, “Eku Baptist Government Hospital has 150 bed spaces, comprising maternity ward, male and female wards; pediatrics and private wards, additional 20 bed space in the new accident and emergency complex.
“This transformed secondary health facility with the assistance of the state government, recently, secured five years full accreditation for Family Medicine Training from both the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPCN) and the West African College of Physician (WACP).”
Nonetheless, the Eku community, in an address read by Prof Uvie Igun, observed that: “This hospital, which is very dear to every Eku descendant, was very sick and near death. We cried to you (Uduaghan) and you answered our cry and came to the rescue of the hospital.
“Uduaghan, Eku community welcomes you to Eku as our adopted son, to touch the lives of every Eku descendant.”
THISDAY also learnt that shortly after the decision to take over the management and upgrading of the hospital, the state government pensioned all staff of the Eku hospital laid off at the time the hospital was depressed by much decay.
Senior state government officials, including the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Otumara, the Commissioner, Directorate of Special Infrastructure, Orezi Esievo, as well as the Senior