Rivers State Government has commissioned the magnificent New Doctors Quarters constructed by the administration of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital.
The construction of the New Doctors Quarters was flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on 13th February, 2017 in fulfilment of the pledge that Governor Wike made to doctors at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital.
Commissioning the Doctors Quarters on Tuesday, Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili described Governor Wike as a super action governor who continues to rapidly develop the state.
He said that the commissioning of the Doctors Quarters is unique as it exemplifies the governor’s commitment to healthcare delivery. Odili noted that doctors should reciprocate the commitment of Governor Wike by improving service delivery and stopping endless strikes.
He said: “We are proud of Governor Wike. He is lawyer by training and practice, but what he has done for the health sector shows that he is a medical doctor, spiritually.
“The way Governor Wike has honoured the Former Commissioner of Health, Dr Dina Denni-Fiberesima, of blessed memory, and those who have served the state, Governor Wike will be honoured for his service to the state”.
In his address at the commissioning ceremony, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike informed that his administration built two of the new structures and re-modelled the third building to give the doctors a befitting accomodation.
He renamed the Doctors Quarters as Dr Dima Denni-Fiberesima Doctors Quarters, to honour the Former Health Commissioner for his service to the state .
Governor Wike announced that his administration remains committed to improving the healthcare sector, noting that the Mother and Child Hospital, Zonal Hospitals, General Hospitals and the College of Medical Sciences will come on stream for the good of the people.
The governor said that his administration will release the residency funds for the payment of resident doctors in the coming days.
“We are transforming the health sector . Our people require the best in terms of healthcare delivery. Whatever promise we make, we are obliged to keep. The health sector will continue to get more from this administration.
“There will be a facility manager so that this Doctors Quarters will be maintained. This quarters is only for doctors and practicing doctors at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital”, the Rivers State Governor said.
Rivers State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Datonye Alasia said that under Governor Wike, Rivers State has enterred a golden era in healthcare delivery.
He lauded Governor Wike for several major projects in the health sector, which have improved the sector beyond measures.
He added that the 2018 budget of the state has approved 2percent of the health budget for the proposed healthcare scheme that will guarantee universal healthcare access to the people.
Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike said healthcare professionals cannot thank Governor Wike enough for the investments that have changed the fortunes of the state.
He said the project was completed on schedule and in line with approved specifications because of the dedicated funding and supervision by Governor Wike.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
5th June, 2018.