The commissioner for health has assured that the on-going renovation and reconstruction of the second phase project of the General Hospital Ikot Ekpene, will soon be completed for inauguration.
Professor Augustine Vincent Umoh, who gave the hint while inspecting the project, recently said, this became expedient to return patients that were moved out because of reconstruction going on in that area.
The commissioner charged the contractor to expedite the process to meet up with the time frame, stating that at the moment the hospital has not enough space to use.
He said that the expansion of the hospital was to give a capacity for a wider services needed due to patient increase.
“With the completion of this second phase, the capacity of the hospital to take up more work load would be enhanced. Which means the hospital will accommodate more patients and a bigger space to work with,” he added.
Umoh informed that more ambulances space had been developed and most significant was the construction of direct entrance for ambulance to drive in from the gate to the maternity ward to ensure that mothers arrive as quickly as possible to the maternity ward and to the labour room on time for delivery.
This, he said has huge implication for maternal health, patient load and work space in the hospital.
At the General Hospital, Etim Ekpo, the commissioner advised the contractor on the areas to work on and charged the contractor to speed up the process.
According to him, in the area of man power, actually nothing should be static and that with the expansion of all the facilities amidst patients load, more personnel would be employed in the state.
He gave gratitude to the Gov Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, whom he said had dim it fit to provide benefiting facilities for patients care and the improvement of health care facilities in the state.