By SundiataPOST, Abuja
Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia said on Thursday that his administration would hire more doctors for over 250 health centres built across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Orji said this when he inspected the site of a building being under taken by the government at the Amachara Specialist Hospital, near Umuahia.
He spoke against the backdrop of dearth of doctors at the health centres, a development that led to preference for secondary and tertiary health institutions by patients.
Orji said though the centres were being managed by qualified nurses and ancillary medical staff, government would recruit more doctors to man them in order to make the centres more functional,’’ he said.
He said that the Amachara Specialist Hospital was being upgraded to serve as a model for other hospitals.
He said that the hospital would be fully equipped while qualified specialists would available to handle different ailments.
“Abroad, when you go to a hospital, even if it is for a mosquito bite, you will be referred to a specialist in that field.
“This is the type of thing we want to replicate here so that when patients come, they will be taken care of by specialists,” he said.
Orji inspected the resident doctors’ residence and School of Midwifery building, among other structures.
He was guided on the inspection by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Okechukwu Ogah.
Ogah expressed happiness that the school would soon be accredited, with the its building nearing completion.