Imo govt to rehabilitate IMSUTH roads, others

By Valentine Amanze

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Mr. Gerald Irona, Thursday, inspected all the roads leading to Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, to ascertain the actual state of the roads, reported to be in very deplorable state.
Rehabilitation of the road was one of the agreements of the striking members of the Nigerian Medecal Association(NMA) with Governor Emeka Ihedioha before they called off their two-month strike.
Addressing residents of the area during the inspection, the deputy governor lamented the awful state of the roads and assured stakeholders of the commitment of the state government to urgently tackle the problem.
He said: “During the election, we promised to bring the dividends of democracy to the door steps of the people. I can see that all the roads leading to the Teaching Hospital are impassable. We are aware that many patients have died because they could not get to the hospital early enough as a result of the poor state of the roads.
“Doctors in Imo State were on strike for nearly two months. They had a meeting with the Governor, His Excellency Chief Emeka Ihedioha and one of the issues raised was the difficulty in accessing the teaching hospital.
“We are here to see for ourselves, the state of things. Definitely, this road is bad. I am very convinced that His Excellency, the Governor shall send a team for remedial works to be done urgently, pending when the rains will subside, before proper procurement processes are followed for proper works to be done.”
The deputy governor also hailed the previous administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Chief Achike Udenwa for the vision of building the teaching hospital and the roads, promising that the Ihedioha administration will restore the lost glory of the hospital.
He, however, berated the management of the Teaching Hospital for the poor sanitary condition of the place and its environs, warning that the present administration will not condone filthiness in whatever guise.

Responding, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Chukwuma Bonaventure Duru, thanked the Ihedioha administration for taking steps to rescue the place, pledging the loyalty of the staff and management of the hospital to the administration of Ihedioha.
“We are very excited to have you here. This is the first time, since after the administration of Chief Achike Udenwa that a Governor or Deputy will show this level of interest in the teaching hospital. This shows that better days are ahead and we are very grateful.”
On why the hospital environment is overtaken by grasses, the CMD blamed it on the industrial action embarked upon by doctors and some other health staff in the state, promising to take urgent steps to clean the environment.
Also, the traditional ruler of Owere Ebeiri, His Majesty, Eze George Ben Uzoma, expressed gratitude to the administration of Chief Ihedioha for its decision to fix the road, praying God to bless him.
His words:
“We are happy that the governor has come here and we believe he will do this road. This road has been in very bad state for about eight years now. The benefits of fixing the road are enormous. This is the road that leads to the Teaching Hospital. There are two big markets here and people no longer patronize them because of the bad state of the roads. The doctors will testify to this. Most of the time, they pass through my Palace to be able to access the Teaching Hospital.”
Among the roads inspected are: the Old Owerri Road (Nkume Umuowa) Orlu, all the entrance roads to the Teaching Hospital, Oguta-Mgbidi road ravaged by erosion, among others.
It would be recalled that the poor state of the access roads to the Teaching Hospital was among the nine items raised by Doctors in Imo State, for which they embarked on an industrial action.

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