Former President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged governments at all levels to ensure that the healthcare needs of Nigerians meet the United Nations specifications on health.
He said that the COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everyone including administrators, politicians and professionals that health-related issues should no longer be taken for granted.
Jonathan who was in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to flag-off the 2021 Physicians Week stated this on Tuesday at Ikot Ekpene Local Government.
He was in Akwa Ibom on the state Governor’s invitation to commission the phase one of the 117-years old remodelled general hospital.
He lauded the state Governor Udom Emmanuel for the provision of health infrastructures, adding that health security is paramount in the national security of the country.
He said, “Let me thank the governor for making it possible for me to link with this project, a hospital that has history, that has been completely renovated, redesigned, reconfigured for effective health care delivery.
“We commend the governor because health is key. When you are talking about national security, health security is quite prominent. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everybody -be you professionals, politicians, administrators- that health in the nation is key and we have to do everything possible to strengthen the infrastructure to deliver the health needs.”
Earlier, in his speech, the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the former President for finding time to identify with the state
Emmanuel who was represented by the state deputy governor, Moses Ekpo, explained that the commissioning is a fulfilment of his campaign promises to the people
“The commissioning of this General Hospital is a fulfilment of a campaign promise I made, to establish world-class secondary health care facilities (general hospitals) in all 10 Federal Constituencies in the State. With today’s event, we have completed and commissioned to the glory of God, all but one, (Ikot Abasi) whose work is on-going
“We have committed enormous resources in upgrading or reconstruction of health care facilities, given my acute belief that three fundamental elements determine and shape the Social Contract: Security of lives and property, healthy population and manpower development (education.) We have tackled these three crucial areas with messianic zeal and the results are there for any discerning or dispassionate mind and eye to see,” the governor said.
The state commissioner of health, Prof Augustine Umoh, in his remarks, said the commissioning of the facility represents a milestone in Governor Udom Emmanuel’s commitment to the welfare needs in the area of health.