The Federal Government has opened the permanent site of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, Anambra State, for the commencement of medical and healthcare services.
Minister of State for Health, Joseph Ekumankama, who unveiled the hospital on behalf of the President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, said that the medical facility has been designed, equipped and fortified to serve the medical needs of Anambra residents and the South-East environs and other catchment areas.
Ekumankama pointed out that the National Health Act has made it mandatory for all Nigerians to receive free medical care up to the tune of N250,000 per year, irrespective of tribe, religion, or ethnic group, adding that the Act also supports health insurance for all Nigerians.
In his address, he said, “What we see here today is a lot of sacrifices, a lot of projects sought the attention from the national budget, but the Federal Government decided to invest heavily in this particular project because of its importance to the well-being of the people.
”It will be a thing of sorrow that if in the next few years to come if this facility is seen to be deteriorating. Make sure that you do everything possible to ensure that you render the best health care services to the people who will come from far and near to receive medical health care from this hospital and also ensure the maintenance of this beautiful edifice”, he said.
In her contributions, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Adejoke Adefulire-Orelope, emphasised that one of the basic goals of the SDGs was to ensure effective primary health care in rural communities.
Also at the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Adejoke Adefulire-Orelope, emphasised that one of the basic goals of the SDGs was to ensure effective primary health care in rural communities.
“There is still much work to be done, the work is still ongoing, and we will continue to work with the new administration to ensure that the project is continuing,” she added.
On his part, the state Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike, who represented the governor, Chukwuma Soludo, maintained that Nnewi has been designed to be among the centres to be providing advanced medical services.