In Ebonyi: Health minister inaugurates Ebonyi’s N350m Lassa fever centre
The N350 million Lassa Fever Virology Diagnostic and Treatment Centre built by the Ebonyi State Government has been inaugurated by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
|The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, pictured second from the left.|
He said the Federal Government would run the facility in partnership with the state to ensure its success, adding that the centre would be converted to South- East Diagnostic and Treatment centre.
He said, ‘’I am actually short of words; I am yet to recover from shock over this giant stride. This actually surpasses my expectations and I must say clearly that we should see this as a partnership.
‘’Let me say clearly, Your Excellency that we will make this hospital functional. We stated in January that we want to build six virology centres in the country and the budget processes were made and was signed by Mr. President in May.
The minister hailed Governor Umahi's commitment to the health sector, saying he is star model in the country.
‘’This centre will actually turn things around. Your Excellency, you have shown great interest in health and we are proud of you. In terms of commitment to health, you are one of our stars examples in the country. We will continue to partner with you,’’ he said.
Earlier, Umahi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya said he was moved to build the centre when he started seeing people die of lassa fever virus.
He said, ‘’ The health of our people is very paramount to our administration.
|In Ebonyi: Health minister inaugurates Ebonyi’s N350m Lassa fever centre|
‘’What we request of you is to make this place South-East diagnosis and treatment. In doing that sir, you will make the hospital to run on its own.
‘’We spent about N350 million with all the equipment together. With this N350m, we can treat other people from outside Ebonyi but if you don’t refund us the money, when people come we charge them. ’’