The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in Abia State, Professor Gregory Ibe, has decried the poor state of public facilities in the state, alleging that it was responsible for many avoidable and timely deaths witnessed in many communities in the state.
He also lamented that more mortuaries were being constructed in the state as against the construction, rehabilitation and revamping revamping of existing medical facilities.
Ibe, spoke in Umuahia the state capital on Monday, through his running mate Chief Obinna ichita, during the inauguration ceremony of Professor Gregory Ibe Medical and Surgical Outreach.
He pointed out that the medical outreach became necessary to help Abians access medical attention, owing to the fact that residents doctors has been on strike for over one year.
Ichita said, “I had raised a motion of urgent public importance the
about the collapse of the health care system in Abia State.
“But when I raised that motion of the great danger we are facing, nobody responded. You can imagine that up to this very moment, residents doctors in Abia State have been on strike for up to one year.
“Our University teaching hospital has been under lock and key. The healthcare system in Abia State has totally collapsed.
“But then a man has taken it upon himself to introduce an intervention major to improve the lives of our people.
“If you know what our people spend to conduct burials you will understand the gravity of what Professor Greg Ibeh has done today.
“He has given us a ray of hope to understand that there still exists among us men that have a great level of sympathy”.
Also speaking the head of medical team in charge of the outreach, Dr. Ojum ogwo, said the team would give full medical attention to patients, starting from diagnosis to treatment.
He explained that the medical outreach will would be conducted across the three Senatorial zone of the state before the Local Government outreach will commence.
He said, “We have twenty doctors in our team including six consultants, chief medical officers surgeons and doctors on national service.
“We will examine all the patients before treatment, any case that requires a surgery would be referred to a facility where the surgery will be conducted. That’s why it’s called medical and surgical outreach.”