EFFORTS of the Ebonyi State government towards providing improved healthcare to the people have received a boost. The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, has donated medical equipment worth more than N47m to the state government towards the prevention of diseases and avoidable deaths of women and children.
Handing over the equipment to Governor David Nweze, at the Government House, on Monday, February 22, in Abakaliki, capital of the state, Aler Grubbs, deputy director of the USAID mission Nigeria, , said that the equipment was for the National Fistula Centre, Abakaliki and 70 primary health care centres in the state.
Grubbs, who stated that the USAID had trained 450 directors and nurses from Ebonyi State to provide maternal and ante-natal healthcare to women and children, said that Ebonyi was among the 11 states where the agency was partnering Nigeria in the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of Vasico Vagina Fistula.
Responding, Governor Umahi, represented by Kelechi Igwe, his deputy, commended the USAID for its committed partnership with the state government in the development of the state, especially, in the education and health sectors.
He expressed confidence that with the donation from the USAID, medical tourism from the state would reduce, stressing that the country had qualified medical personnel who rank among the best in the world.
He assured the agency that the government would ensure that the equipment was judiciously used.
In his remark, Daniel Umezurike, the state commissioner for Health, said that the donation would be a boost to the government’s effort to reposition the primary health care centres for quality health care delivery.
— Feb 24, 2016 @ 16:50 GMT