Nicholas-AzingeDelta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge has said the Abavo Cottage Hospital will be commissioned next month.

The Commissioner dropped the hint recently when he visited the hospital to assess the level of work done.

Construction of the Abavo Cottage hospital was started in 2006 as a health centre but was abandoned for many years but, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during his inauguration speech on May 29, 2015 assured that the primary health centre would be converted to a cottage hospital within one year.

While expressing satisfaction at the quality of work done at the hospital, Dr Azinge said, finishing touches were been made in preparation for the commissioning of the hospital.

“The hospital is definitely ready for opening next month – May; so far, a lot of progress has been made but some work still need to be done,” he said, adding that required equipment were being supplied while measures have been put in place to secure such.

According to him, “we have set up a task force of top officials of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the community leaders to ensure that our equipment are safe and the nurses and doctors will be here while the equipments are installed as that will help with the safety too.”

He added, “the access roads are almost 80 percent completed, while the internal roads are about 75 percent complete, the culverts are being done, so we hope and we are working day and night to see that this hospital is commissioned in the month of May.

“In the next ten days, we assure His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa that this hospital will be ready for commissioning. All hands have been put on deck to work day and night to make sure that this hospital is commissioned; the contractor has assured us and we have given him the mandate that this hospital will be commissioned and put into use in the next few days,” he assured.

The Commissioner thanked Dr Isaac Akpoveta, Chairman of the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme and Dr Ben Nkechika who have been working with them to ensure that the equipments will be installed while noting that training for the use of the equipments will be done prior to commissioning.

The Hon. Commissioner was accompanied on the inspection by the Permanent Secretary and other top officials of the ministry.



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