The Rivers State Commissioner for Health and Chairman of the Integrated Medical Industries Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Parker has debunked insinuations in some quarters that he has resigned from Governor Amaechi’s Cabinet.
Dr. Parker made this known while speaking during a facility tour of the ongoing expansion project at the factory site in Rumuosi, Port Harcourt
According to the commissioner the present Administration is poised to deliver on its promises to the Rivers People before the end of the tenure of the regime, stating that no amount of political distraction can make it lose its focus to deliver.
He said the factory which is about seventy percent complete is expected to give direct employment to about two thousand persons and indirect employment to several others. When completed the factory which is WHO certified is expected to produce about one billion, syringes, hypodermic needles and other pharmaceuticals that will be adjunct to the factory, such as iv giving sets, eye, ear and nose drops, IV fluids and injectibles
According to him the government also plans to produce vaccines in the integrated medical industries “we want to leave for the Rivers People an industry that is second to none in Africa and to compete with the rest of the world” Dr. Parker stressed.
The Commissioner said most of the equipment for the construction are fabricated abroad disclosed that payment of huge custom duties, high cost of transportation and non implementation of bulk purchase protocol with the Federal Government are part of the factors militating against the progress of the work expressed hope that President Goodluck Jonathan would soon visit the factory since the Federal Government has a stake in it.
Dr. Parker, who reiterated government’s commitment to reduce the disease burden of the Rivers People said infant and maternal mortality and morbidity has reduced significantly as a result of government’s intervention, said every resident of the state irrespective of party
affiliation or status is entitled to receive to quality healthcare, stating that the Amaechi led Administration is not prepared to play politics with the health of its people.
Earlier the Project Director of the Factory Mr. Amenya Wokoma who said the factory would also produce 14 mega watts of electricity and 18 mega watts industrial steam had informed the commissioner that they have taken advantage of the dry season to speed up the work and expressed the hope that the project would be completed before the end of Governor Amaechi’s tenure
Rivers Set to Commission Seventy Health Centres
The Rivers State Government is set to commence the commissioning of seventy health centres to seventy communities in seventy days.Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Sampson Parker, the State Health Commissioner stated this in a chat with news men in his office in Port Harcourt.
He said the administration of Rt. Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has invested more in healthcare delivery than any governor in the history of Nigeria,” these enormous investment s in our health sector are bearing fruits as we can see positive changes in the health indices and our people are healthier today than ever”, Dr. Parker said.
According to him the 60 60 60 programme where 60 health centres were delivered to 60 communities in 60 days in in the year 2010 was the first of its kind in the world.
He said the Amaechi led Administration would soon inaugurate a management committee for the 70 70 70 programme.
Dr. Parker who advised all residents in the state to continue to available themselves of the free medical care programme, pledged to rededicated himself to governor Amaechi’s dvision of health for all in Rivers State in this new year.