Rivers to establish three referral hospitals in senatorial zones

Channels Television  
Updated April 7, 2012

As part of measures to reduce the pressure on secondary health centres in Rivers state, the state government has hinted of plans to establish three more general hospitals to operate as referral centres for the various primary health centers across the state.

The three referral hospitals will be located in the senatorial zones of the state.

The state governor, Chibuike Amaechi gave the hint during a media chat with journalists at the weekend in Port Harcourt, where he added that the state government is also poised to build more primary health centres above the current 120 that exists in the oil-rich state.

The governor promised that the government would deliver over 160 of such health centres before the end of the year.

In order to ensure effective management of the state owned hospitals Mr Amaechi stated that government is tinkering with a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the newly built Kelsey Harrison Hospital in Diobu and Dental Clinic including another hospital located at the Rivers State University and Technology.

Explaining further, the governor said that his administration plans is to provide free medical care for the citizenry explaining why the government resolved to run a loan scheme for nursing mothers as he urged them to make use of government hospitals.