How Dr Peter Odili, Gov Wike, others, commissioned magnificent Doctors quarters in Port Harcourt.
Wikematics Ogestar Obiwali.
MAGNIFICENT DOCTORS QUARTERS.
the Braitwaite Memorial Hospital Doctor’s quaters built by His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON GSSRS is commisioned by His Excellency Sir Dr Peter Odili.
In this instance Gov Wike walked from the Rivers State Government House to the venue of the commisioning.
The Doctors quarters was also named after the late Doctor Dema Denni-Fiberesima a one time Commisioner for Health in Rivers State.
Rivers State Government commissions magnificent Dima Denni-Fiberesima Doctors Quarters
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.
It all started after the dilapidated old Doctors Quarters was gutted by fire. The fire incident compromised the lone building which housed senior medical professionals.
Governor Wike led top government officials for an on-the-spot assessment. It was obvious that the integrity of the building had been compromised. Nothing could be salvaged. Governor Wike ordered the immediate relocation of the doctors to high level Government Guest Houses and pledged to build an ultra-modern quarters for them.
In fulfilment of this pledge, Governor Wike on 13th February, 2017 invited then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to flag off the construction of the Doctors Quarters.
Whilst laying the foundation stone for the Doctors Quarters of BSMH, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said that the doctors quarters would help in repositioning medicare in the state.
He said: “It is my special privilege to lay this foundation stone of this doctors quarters at the Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital.
“It is very special because this is a special contribution to the creation of access to healthcare in the country. And especially the welfare of doctors who do the commendable work of ensuring the health of the people ”
The Acting President declared: “I lay this stone to the glory of God, the welfare of the good people of Rivers State and the country at large”.
In his address at that event, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike declared his commitment to the provision of quality facilities in hospitals across the state.
He said: “For me, my engagement with the people is premised on the provision of projects across the state. In Rivers State, it is projects, projects and projects. We shall not deviate.”
Governor Wike said that the objective of the project is to restore the existing accommodation and expand it to accommodate more specialist doctors serving at the BMSH.
He noted that the quarters has over 40 units of luxury three bedroom flats with a community canteen and dedicated water facility.
Since that foundation laying ceremony, Governor Wike has made the supervision of the project a daily affair. Sometimes he inspects with the media, at other times he goes alone.
Two of the structures are completely near, while the third has been re-modelled for use by the doctors.
From the first block laid by VicePresident Osinbajo, Doctors Quarters at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital has emerged as an imposing structure. A beauty to behold and the excellent touch of Governor Wike’s excellence.
The beautiful Doctors Quarters at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital is yet another confirmation of the commitment of Governor Wike to quality healthcare for Rivers people. This administration is developing the personnel and facilities for optimum performance.
Shortly, the Mother and Child Hospital in Port Harcourt will come on stream, just as the College of Medical Sciences at the Rivers State University is nearing completion. The Zonal Hospitals at Degema, Bori, Ebieri, Ahoada are all in the offing. There are 13 General Hospitals that have been reconstructed and equipped. They are awaiting commissioning.
The administration is also equipping and upgrading the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital to make a teaching hospital for the Rivers State University. This project is almost completed.
Healthcare delivery is one of the cornerstones of the transformational leadership of Governor Wike in the last three years. The people in all the 23 Local Government Areas have been reached with properly designed projects and programmes aimed at changing their fortunes. Little wonder everyone is singing one song –Governor Wike will consolidate the gains of visionary leadership till 2023.