The Bayelsa State Government has commenced the construction of five referral hospitals in parts of the State to boost qualitative health care service delivery to the people of the State.
Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr Anapurere Awoli announced this in Yenagoa while conducting newsmen round projects embarked upon by the ministry across the state as part of the one year anniversary of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson’s administration.
The projects which are being kick-started in five Local Government Areas are located in Sagbama, Ogbia, Ekeremor, Southern-Ijaw and Kolokuma/Opokuma Council Areas, while the remaining three Local Governments of Brass, Yenagoa and Nembe were excluded because of the medical facilities already existing in those areas.
Awoli said the five referral hospitals which contracts were awarded in February, 2013 have a nine months completition period.
He explained that because of the seriousness Government attached to the welfare of workers, the
State Government is also constructing a 20-bed civil servants clinic at the State secretariat complex.
According to the commissioner, the State Government Emergency ambulance unit boosts of a number ambulance vehicles and boats, a situation which according to him, assisted in creating a zero mortality rate during last year’s floods in the State.
The commissioner noted that “Governor Dickson sees health as very important and therefore, on assumption of duty set up the HIV/AIDS Agency, a bold step that has helped in curbing the HIV/AIDS prevalent rate in the state.”
Awoli expressed Government’s desire to urgently put into use the 500-bed Melford Okilo Memorial Hospital, Yenagoa, which has now been reduced to a 375-bed hospital to better serve the purpose of health care delivery for the people of the State.
The commissioner added that medical equipment and drugs have been distributed to Health Centres across the state, noting that two Health Centres at Otakeme and Elemebiri in Ogbia and Sagbama Local Government Areas would be commissioned during the Governor’s one year anniversary.
At the Bayelsa State Government owned Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, the commissioner listed so
me completed projects to include a combined medical ward, Gyneacology ward, walk ways, among others.
The Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital, Dr. Onyaye Euphemia Kunle-Olowu conducted the commissioner and the media team round facilities at the health institution.Daniel
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ahead of the State’s bid to host the National Sports Festival in 2016. Bayelsa state came fifth in the last edition tagged Eko 2012.
Briefing newsmen on the activities of the Governor Seriake Dickson led administration, the State Commissioner for Sports Development; Chief Mitema Obodor said the Government is leaving no stone unturned at ensuring the development of sports in the state, describing it as a unifying sector.
Acknowledging the relevance of Sports to the socio-economic development of the state, the Commissioner disclosed that contracts for various projects have been awarded at ensuring successful hosting of the National Sports Festival in 2016.
The projects as disclosed by the Commissioner include: flood lights and electronic score board , rehabilitation and reconstruction of the swimming pool with the equipment building, the renovation of the hostels within the samson Siasia stadium complex, installation of seats and the renovation of the main bowl of the Complex.
Disturbed by the rating of the state as one of the academically disadvantaged state, the Government as disclosed by the Commissioner is building a Sports Academy at Ayamabiri-Asoama in Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of the State.
According to him, ‘ being worried by the situation where Bayelsa is rated as one of the academically disadvantaged states in the Federation, the Hon. Seriake led administration had to take the bull by the horns by initiating a Sports Academy where youths would have the opportunity to combine sports and academics.
At Asoama, contracts have been awarded for various projects including: a World class Indoor Sports Hall, two pitches, one for training and the other with tartans tracks for competitions, Olympic size three in one swimming pool, a shopping mall and internal roads.
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