The model Cottage Hospital is a well-equipped facility with a laboratory, surgical theatre, emergency and casualty ward, two blocks of staff quarters, administrative block and a morgue.
According to the President, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has dropped by 30 per cent in the last four years.
He said his administration would not relent in its efforts at attaining the MDGs target of 250 per one hundred thousand women by 2015.
Restating his commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), especially in the Health sector, the President said all hands would be on deck at ensuring that the nation achieves its MDGs objectives in all the sectors by 2015.
“I recall that the construction of this model hospital began in 2006 as an initiative of the Bayelsa state government, but it was later taken over by the Millennium Development Goals office in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government. It is most gratifying to come and witness not only its completion but its formal commissioning today.”
“All this have been made possible by the hard work, diligence and perseverance of all the stakeholders.”
Nigeria, a great country is faced with a number of developmental challenges, which we have tried to confront since inception of this administration two years ago.
We embarked on reforms of several sectors of our national economy with a single-minded commitment and determination.
“I am glad to declare that we are making significant progress in all sectors, as it’s evident for all to see. The health sector as you are all aware is a cardinal priority of our transformation agenda. Attainment of the universal health coverage as well as provision of comprehensive health care for all our citizens is a goal we have set for ourselves” he said.
He also said “today’s commissioning event, therefore, not only underscores this commitment, it also represents yet another milestone in our drives towards actualizing the health related components of the MDGs.”
“I welcome the collaboration between the Bayelsa State government and the Federal government which has made today’s event a reality. I urge the government and the people of the state to consolidate this collaboration.
“Let me use this unique opportunity to tell Nigerians that as a government we are working extremely hard to meet up our Millennium Development Goals. As at 2008, we had 500 deaths of every one hundred thousand women that give birth to children. As at now we have reduced that to 350. The target for the Millennium Development Goals is 250 and God willing before the end of 2015, we will get that.”
Also, commenting on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson expressed his readiness to collaborate with the federal government and its agencies, noting that arrangement has been concluded to sign the Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme Bill already passed by the State House of Assembly into law.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Dr. Precious Gbeneol, while conducting the President around the premises explained efforts that have been made to ensure that the hospital has world class facility.