In a move to stem capital flight, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo
Wike has announced  that  the State Government will construct  an
international  Specialist Hospital  to handle life-threatening
Governor Wike  also announced  that the Rivers State Government has
commenced the process of equipping  the Braithwaite Specialist
Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt.
Speaking  during a courtesy visit by Prof Mike Ogirima, the National
President of Nigerian Medical Association, Governor Wike said that the
proposed New Specialist Hospital will promote medical tourism in
Rivers State.
According to the governor, the new specialist  hospital will have a
helipad, modern equipment for the treatment of cancer, kidney, heart
and liver diseases.
He said: “The new specialist  hospital that we are working on will
stem the foreign trips by Nigerians  for healthcare services. We want
to conserve foreign exchange for the country.”
The governor stated that his administration has released funds for the
completion of the Ultra-modern Mother and Child Hospital in Port
Harcourt.  He said that hospital will be ready in four months,
following  the termination  of the joint  ownership agreement with the
Niger Delta Development Commission.
On the Braithwaite  Memorial Specialist Hospital, Governor Wike said
that the State Government  has released $4million to the contractor
for modern equipment  to lift the capacity  of the  hospital to
international  standard.
He added that doctors and medical professionals  of the hospital will
undergo  training on the use of the new state-of-the-art  facilities.
The governor informed that the Degema Zonal Hospital will be completed
in three months, following  the release  of N500million to the
contractor. He added that other Donald Hospitals  will be completed.
He announced that his administration will  commence the phased
distribution  of vehicles to doctors  on the payroll  of the state
government in the course of the year.
He said: “For us, our major focus has shifted from infrastructure  to
health and education.  That is why you are seeing the rapid
investments in health and education.  We are committed to improved
healthcare  for our people “.
Earlier, the National President of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA,
Prof Mike Ogirima said: “We appreciate the giant strides and
commitment of Governor Wike toward the health sector in Rivers State
and the health of our citizens”.
The NMA President said: “The setting up of a College of  Medical
Sciences at the Rivers State University, the State Teaching Hospital
with the signing of the Bill into law to actualize it, the completion
of new blocks in BMSH in order to raise quality  of care and the
commitment to see the Mother and Child Hospital  completed as a legacy
“The massive intervention in the renovation of otherwise moribund
secondary healthcare institutions in the state with the simultaneous
rehabilitation of several General Hospitals and the approval of the
implementation of the corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Scale for
doctors in Rivers State service “.
The NMA President endorsed the special award and recognition proposed
by the National Private Doctors Association for Governor Wike