Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commissioned the New Radiology Department of the State University Teaching Hospital, upgraded and re-equipped by his administration.
Commissioning the new health facility, Governor Wike reiterated his commitment to quality healthcare for the people of Rivers State.
Governor Wike described the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital and the College of Medicine as his initiatives, saying that he will continue to invest in their rapid development.
He said: "We will do everything possible to promote quality healthcare for our people. We need good healthcare for people to carry out their daily activities.
"We have good doctors, but there are no good equipment. What we are doing is to provide the right equipment ".
He stated that he has approved contract for total furnishing of the hospital saying 70 per cent of the funds will be released to the contractor to speed up implementation.
The Rivers State Governor said by May next year, his administration will deliver a State-of-the-Art Government House Clinic. He said the New Government House Clinic will be open to the public and less privileged.
Governor Wike declared that in the absence of Federal Presence and Projects, the Rivers State Government was committed to working round the clock to develop the State.
He said: "Nobody can develop Rivers State more than us. There is no federal Presence and there are no federal projects here. Therefore, we must work together to develop the State.
"We must relegate party differences and focus on working for the good of our people ".
He said that with the high quality equipment installed at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, it was incumbent on the Hospital management to effectively utilize their internally generated revenue.
He said after the key interventions by his administration, the management of Rivers State University Teaching Hospital would be under obligation to cater for its basic needs.
He announced that total reconstruction of the State School of Nursing will commence next week and noted that the school would be part of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.
Governor Wike also announced that his administration will release outstanding funds for the training of resident doctors next week.
The State Governor also said that his administration will attend to the welfare of doctors and other health professionals for the development of the health sector.
Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Mrs Caroline Wali, said before the turnaround, the equipment at the department were obsolete and dysfunctional and thanked Governor Wike for the intervention and transformation.
Chief Medical Director of Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Friday Aaron, said that the Radiology Department is strategic in healthcare delivery. He said the upgrade and re-equipping of the department will serve the entire South-South and South-East Geo-political zones.
He appealed to the Rivers State Governor to continue to invest in the development of the healthcare system. He specifically asked for the governor's intervention in the area of employment, health professionals welfare and more facilities.