Gov. Dickson Take Steps to Complete Melford Okilo Memorial General Hospital…
Desirous of delivering quality health care services to Bayelsans, Governor Seriake Dickson has entered into a partnership with a South African Health Facility Outfit, Lenmed Health Group towards ensuring the completion of the Melford Okilo Memorial Hospital in Yenagoa, the State capital.
Governor Dickson who had an interactive session with the personnel of Lenmed Health Group in Government House, Yenagoa, stated that government was seeking ways of accelerating the completion of the hospital so that it could be put into use within the shortest possible time.
Governor Dickson intimated Lenmed Health Group of his administration’s intention to making the general hospital a world class referral hospital, stating that the Melford Okilo Memorial Hospital would be a major focus in the partnership between government and the Health Group.
The Governor who pointed out that the interactive session was in furtherance of discussions held during his visit to South Africa, expressed optimism that at the end of the assessment of the medical facilities in the state, their partnership would be strengthened.
He restated government’s plan to site one functional general hospital in the headquarters of all the 8 local government areas in addition to other health facilities in major towns across the state Responding, Chairman of the Lenmed Health Group, Mr. Prakash Devchand advocated that the completion of the Melford Okilo Memorial General Hospital should be handled in phases.
He observed that if government embarks on the completion of the entire hospital, it could take a longer time, during which some of the equipment already on ground would become obsolete and advised that for now, government should focus on the completion of specific areas of the hospital such as the radiology section.
Having done a general assessment of the hospital, Mr. Devchand described the facilities and equipment at the hospital as world class, but noted that they were delivered too early as some of them were lying unprotected.
Mr. Devchand also recommended that government should consult property developers with a view to achieving the full potentials of the health facility, adding that the hospital has the capacity to serve not only Bayelsa State but the country as a whole