Ebonyi State Government yesterday released the sum of N100 million to six mission hospitals in the state, in continuation of its policy of providing financial assistance to rural-based hospitals to strengthen health care delivery at the grassroots.
The latest disbursment is the 12th tranche of the grant since 2008, which has now brought the total sum to N1.2 billion already disbursed to the six mission hospitals.
The grant will help in the provision of infrastructures to the hospitals, provide modern diagnostic equipments, and promote training for health workers and middle-level manpower.
The grant was also aimed at promoting maternal and child health, increase immunisation coverage, practice free maternal healthcare and to enable the hospitals in the recruitment of skilled/expert human resource like doctors, nurses and other paramedics.
While disbursing the grants to the benefiting hospitals, the state Governor Chief Martin Elechi represented by the state Commissioner for Health Dr. Sunday Nwangele called on the rural dwellers to take advantage of the comprehensive healthcare system provided by the government through the safe motherhood and fistula care project of the mother and child care initiative (MCCI).
According to him, “it is the determination of our governor despite the challenges of limited resources to continue to provide quality healthcare to the people of the state to which the state is free of Guinea worm, poliomyelitis and have reduced malaria burden among others”.
Governor Elechi said his administration constructed five general hospitals at the sum of N3 billion in order to lift the general hospitals in the state while the other eight general hospitals would be rehabilitated and equipped for optimal performance.