By Gabriel Yough
Mbamga (Taraba) – Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Saturday inaugurated the renovated 80-year-old maternity ward at General Hospital Warwar on the Mambilla plateau, Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.
The ward was renovated by Mr Abel Diah, the Speaker of Taraba House of Assembly.
The ward which was built in 1938 by the missionaries was inaugurated by the governor alongside spring water projects at Ndarup and Mbamga communities also executed by Diah for his constituents.
Ishaku commended the speaker for executing projects that had direct bearing on the lives of the people of the constituency.
He also promised to soon embark on the renovation of the entire hospital which the government took over from the missionaries in 1974 for effective healthcare delivery.
“I wish we have more members of the Taraba Assembly that will key into the rescue mission of my administration by massively executing projects like Abel Diah.
“The state government will take over the projects as requested by the Speaker and maintain them for effective services for the well being of the people of Mbamga constituency,’’ said the governor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ishaku announced the donation of an ambulance and incubating machine to the hospital as well as engagement of six additional nurses for the facility.
Earlier, Diah explained that his childhood experience in the remote community prompted him to renovate the hospital which in those days services Nigerians and their neighbouring Cameroonians.
He thanked God for giving him the opportunity to renovate the maternity ward where he was given birth to many years ago.
He commended the governor for visiting the constituency to personally inaugurate and take over the projects despite the difficult terrain.
Diah explained since the return of democracy, no governor had visited the constituency due to the hard to reach community.
The speaker noted that the inauguration of the two spring water projects marked the end of water scarcity in the constituency as all the 10 major communities had earlier benefitted from his intervention.
NAN reports that residents of the constituency trooped out in thousands to witness the handing over of the projects to state ministries of health and water resources, respectively. (NAN)