The Awa General Hospital soon to be commissioned is constructed as part of measures by government towards boosting Healthcare delivery for the people of the state.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh, stated this while leading the State Government Information Management Team on an on-the- spot assessment tour of the new General hospital, which work is nearing completion.
Sir Charles Udoh said, with the commitment of Governor Udom Emmanuel at improving healthcare delivery for the people by ensuring that at least one state-of-the-art health institution is reached in any of the 3 Senatorial districts of the state within one hour driving space, it became expedient for government to remodel, equip and upgrade health institutions across the state, with the General Hospital Awa, as one of them.
He stated that the massive work in the health sector has so far witnessed upgrading, computerization and digitization of 7 secondary health institutions across the 3 Senatorial districts of the State, namely: General Hospital Ikono, General Hospital Ikot Okoro, General Hospital Etinan, General Hospital Iquita Oron, General Hospital Ituk Mbang, Immanuel General Hospital Eket and the ongoing General Hospital Awa.
Emphasizing that, Awa General Hospital will enhance healthcare delivery for the people of the area and its environs, the Information Boss said, having been upgraded from a Comprehensive Health Center to a General Hospital, the people stand to benefit more now with upgraded and improved health services.
Conducting the State Government Information Management Team round the Awa General hospital, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Mrs. Stella Etukakpan said, with the upgrade, the 55-bed Awa General Hospital has received a boost in staff strength from the hitherto one Doctor and five nurses to Five Doctors and thirteen Nurses.
In addition all Departments, Units and Wards available in any other General Hospital in the state and indeed the country, are opened, with the complete compartmentalization of the hospital in addition to equipping it with modern state-of-the-arts medical facilities.
The Permanent Secretary who expressed satisfaction with the level of ongoing work at the hospital said on completion, all the wards will have air conditioning system and linked to DSTV and telephones. She showed the team round such facilities like 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.
The team was also showed round the M&E room with internet facilities, CCTV, Intercom, control fire alarm and power panel. Other sections visited were: the 10 wards for Male, Female, Children and Paediatrics, the Microbiology lab, the dispensary, the Doctors Call room area and the Mortuary with a 30 capacity dry and wet corpses cabin, the embalment room and the reception.
Mrs. Stella Etukakpan said, government has put in place one 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.
In their seperate reactions two patients, Ime Moses John of Ikot Edim in Mkpat Enin and Edidiong Udeme Ubong of Awa eulogised Governor Udom Emmanuel for upgrading the hospital which has given them closer and easy access to improved healthcare service as well as ameliorate the hitherto burden of far distance access to healthcare service at the Immanuel General Hospital in Eket.
Accompanying the Permanent Secretary on the hospital tour were: the site Engr, Ibukun Adebayo and Directors in the Hospitals Management Board including: the Director, Medical Services, Dr. David Etukessien, Director, Allied Health Services, Mr. Christopher Akaka, Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Pharmacist Etim Godwin Ubam and Director, Planning Research and Statistics, PRS, Mrs. Udeme Jacobs.
The on-the-spot assessment tour of life touching projects of Governor Udom Emmanuel within his 5 years administration by the State Government Information Management Team is still in progress, for heightened public awareness and enlightenment.