– THE LATEST PRICELESS INNOVATION IN AKWA IBOM HEALTHCARE DELIVERY
The General Hospital, Awa in Onna local government area is the latest addition to the secondary health care facilities in Akwa Ibom State. It is almost ready for commissioning and was constructed as part of Governnor Udom Emmanuel’s vision of improved Healthcare delivery system for the people of the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh, recently led the State Government Information Management Team on an on-the- spot assessment tour of the new General hospital, confirming that the Governor was fulfilling his promise to place standard healthcare facilities everywhere in the state.
The new Hospital in Onna was formerly a mere Comprehensive Health Centre and had only one doctor and 5 nurses.
Today an imposing edifice, has been digitized to join the league of modern General hospitals in the state such as, General Hospital Ikono, General Hospital, Oruk Anam, General Hospital Etinan, General Hospital, Oron, General Hospital, Uruan, and Immanuel General Hospital, Eket.
“With the upgrade, the 55-bed new General Hospital has received a boost in staff strength from the hitherto one Doctor and five nurses to Five Doctors and thirteen Nurses”, The Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Mrs. Stella Etukakpan told the information management team.
All the wards have air conditioning system and are linked to cable tv and communication gadgets. The facilities include automated motorized beds and baby cot, X-ray machine, state-of-the-art theatre equipment, Urine Analyser, Incubator, Haemalology Analyser, Electrolyte Analyser, Micropel 5 and the Blood bank.
Also visible in the hospital are the M&E room with internet facilities, CCTV, Intercom, control fire alarm and power panel. The hospital is segmented into 10 wards for Male, Female, Children and Paediatrics, the Microbiology lab, the dispensary, the Doctors Call room area and the Mortuary.
In place is a 500 KVA generator, one 300 KVA generator and a diesel tank at the electrical yard to ensure adequate power supply in the hospital.
The Medical Superintendent of the General Hospital Awa, Dr. Affia Archibong Affia, expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for upgrading the hospital which he said has the best working environment from what his experience in other hospitals across Nigeria.
Despite not yet being commissioned, the Hospital has already started servicing the community as patients are seen being attended to. Some of them said they used to travel long distances to Eket and Etinan to get treatment and the hospital has been a huge blessing.