Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has laid the foundation stone of a 200-bed ultra modern specialist hospital at Orba in Udenu local government area of the state.
Ugwuanyi said during the occasion that his desire to embark on the project was to provide quality medical care to residents of the state.
According to him, the project would be replicated in other parts of the state by his administration.
He said that the drive was predicated on his belief that no effort could be considered too much when it was to provide easy and affordable access to health.
“During my inaugural speech, I had expressed my desire to turn Enugu state into a preferred destination for quality medical treatment.
“To actualise this aspiration I promise to build a hospital chain across the state that will complement existing hospitals and other health facilities.
“It is common knowledge that Nigerians spend huge sums of money annually to seek medical treatment abroad.
“It is even sadder to note that a good percentage of this is from the South East Nigeria with Enugu state contributing a large number.
“We have decided as a government to do whatever we can to significantly reduce this avoidable waste of scarce resources by our people in their search for qualitative medical treatment,” he said.
Ugwuanyi said that the ceremony was a bold statement of the intent to take the first major step towards the realisation of the dream.
“It is indeed our aspiration that Enugu will one day become the centre for medical tourism in this country, if not in Africa.
“The location of this hospital in the rural area accord with the desire to open up the rural areas of the state by providing essential amenities and social services in them,” he said.
The governor said that the measure would create more employment and check the rural-urban drift that had split the rural societies for years.
Ugwuanyi called on medical and allied personnel across the state to show more dedication and commitment to their duties and to avoid industrial actions.
“As a government we will continue to provide the facilities and logistics that will improve medicare.
“I pledge to ensure a speedy completion of this project so that our people will not have long to wait to start enjoying the benefits,” Ugwuanyi said.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Samuel Ngwu, said that when completed the hospital would check the trauma people of the area suffer.
Ngwu said that over 40 per cent of patients that seek medical attention at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUTECH) were from Enugu North Senatorial zone.
“This hospital will check the trauma people from the zone experience in seeking medical attention.
“When completed this hospital will offer tertiary healthcare services with all the four major departments and its allied health services incorporated,” he said.
Ngwu said that their goal was to build an integrated hospital system that would provide a continuum of services that could compete favourably with other centres across the continent.
He said that the hospital would serve as grooming centre for newly graduated medical doctors with an adjoining nursing school to increase the state’s nursing productivity.
APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.
In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.
WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.
“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.
“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”
To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.
The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.
WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.
Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.
Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.
He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.
Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer
A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.
This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.
A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.
However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.
A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.
It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.
The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.
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