Newly commissioned specialist hospital holds 5-day free treatment Cross River patients
By Akpan David, Calabar
A newly-built and commissioned state of the art specialist medical facility has assorted treatments, including eye, fibroid, orthopedic surgeries on over 2000 patients.
Commissioned by Governor Bassey Otu weekend, the hospital is built at the cost of over N2.5 billion according to chairman of Jennifer Etuh Foundation, (JEF), Thomas Etuh, situates in a remote community of Ochon in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Pregnant women, the elderly and children access free medical diagnoses and treatments during the five days held as part of the commissioning build up.
The sprawling facility is the fifth of such built so far in five out of the six geopolitical zones of the country in the last four years. The final for the last zone is on course, according to Etuh.
He said the facilities are built around the country in keeping with the last wish of his dear wife, Jennifer, who died four years ago, and could not continue with her medical outreach and philanthropy.
“We have expended over N2.5 billion to complete this facility and the Foundation will continue to maintain it. It is complete with all the equipment.. We built in memory of my dear wife to fulfill her last wish,” he said.
Governor Otu, represented by Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk expressed profound thanks for the facility, saying his government will capitalize and maximize it, and will not be allowed to waste.
“It will be incorporated into the state health policy agenda. We will extend the state health insurance to enable local folks benefit more from the facility. We will strengthen medical outreaches,” he said.
Chief Medical Director of University of Calabar Teaching hospital, (UCTH), Prof Ikpeme Ikpeme said, “The location of this huge facility will bridge the long distance where patients travel seven hours to Calabar to access secondary medical services. We will do our best to support it.”
Urging the community to take ownership of the facility former governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke said Obubra had yearned for development and the establishment of the facility will attract other investments.