As part of efforts to improve the healthcare system in the state, Abia State Government has received medical equipment and supplies worth over N180 million from a United States of America-based organisation, Commission for Urgent Response and Equipment (CURE).
Abia State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Gozie Ahukannah, made this known while speaking with journalists in Umuahia.
He said the equipment would be deployed to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.
He stated that all levels of healthcare in Abia State would benefit from the shipments from primary care through secondary to tertiary levels of care.
The commissioner assured that the medical equipment shipment would be on a regular basis in keeping with the governor’s vow to the people of Abia to improve the quality of medical services they receive in the state.
“The materials were donated by CURE in USA but the shipment was facilitated by Abia State Government and we are expecting more,” he said.
The delivery which is a response to Governor Ikpeazu’s call to the people of Abia in the Diaspora to support the development agenda of his administration was facilitated by Dr Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Coordinator of Abia State Diaspora Brain Trust/ Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs; Dr (Mrs) Ocheze Ikpeazu-Ugboaja; Mr Mac Azuogu and the Chairman of the State’s Medical equipment and Supplies Committee, Dr. Mike Enyinnah.
Speaking to journalists at Government House, Umuahia while unveiling the materials, Dr. Enyinnah said the current batch of equipment and supplies would be handed over to the management of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba, to support the establishment of a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and improve tertiary healthcare delivery to citizens and residents of the state.
“This is the third batch of medical supplies we are receiving from the United States of America after Governor Ikpeazu visited the CEO of C.U.R.E, Dr. James Jackson, in Denver Colorado USA and the team’s visit to Abia to assess the needs of the state in medical equipment and supplies.
“Governor Ikpeazu has continued to innovate and engage private and public organisations at home and abroad to ensure improvements in healthcare delivery in the state with a view to ending medical tourism by Abians. I can assure you that the materials we have received compare favorably with the best available in the African continent and the western world.”
He also informed that the government spent N11 million naira to ship, clear and transport the materials which were packaged in a 40ft container that arrived the state last week.
It will be recalled that the state government had previously received various mobility aid equipment for physically challenged persons, which were distributed across the 17 local government areas of the state.