Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said when completed the Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, embarked upon by the Rivers State government will add great value to efforts to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the state and the entire South-South region.
Ehanire also said the centre, named after former Rivers State governor, Dr. Peter Odili, will augment the assets available to treat NCDs in the country.
The minister, who spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt when he joined Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to flag-off the N25.9 billion project, commended the governor for his vision and achievements in the health sector.
He said, “I observe that this project has been named after a personality who has built a reputation, not just as a medical practitioner, but a notable public figure in Rivers State as a former state governor.
“I salute you, Your Excellency, Dr. Peter Odili, for your contributions to this state and congratulate you on the recognition the people are giving you.”
In his speech, Governor Wike said the centre which features advanced healthcare services such as chemotherapy and nuclear medicine will be completed within 14 months.