At the inception of the Okorocha administration, it was announced that the state government had decided to build a general hospital in all the 27 local government areas of the state. Opinions were divided. While some kicked against the idea, many applauded the initiative. Anyway, work has begun across the state and the hospitals are strategically located.
Recently, while receiving a team of foreign medical experts, the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere reiterated Governor Rochas Okorocha’s vision towards turning Imo State into a world medical destination. He said that the 27 general hospitals when completed will be categorized into different special areas of medicine with the needed personnel with the expertise knowledge in their different areas of specialization.
In response, one of our top contributors here on IMO STATE BLOG.com , Dr. Chinemerem Onwuliri who also happens to be a trained medical doctor is of the opinion that “it is better to have one tertiary hospital with 27 specialties than 27 hospitals “claiming” one specialty each. It’s waste of brick and mortar and resources that could be channeled to consolidating care at all levels. If primary and secondary care are functional, you don’t need 27 block buildings with over 300 health centers already in the state, largely understaffed and in various states of disrepair. This is misguided despite what seems like sensible political intentions.”
Here are some photographs from a visit to one of the general hospitals. Most of them now are nearing completion. What is the progress at the construction site in your local government?