The Abia state gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof Gregory Ibe has vowed to rebuild and restore the glory of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba if elected governor in 2023.
Speaking while answering a question on a radio programme monitored in Umuahia recently, Prof Ibe decried the apparent abandonment of ABSUTH by the government, leading to the eventual collapse of the institution.
According to him,” I am particularly pained by the government’s outright abandonment of ABSUTH, the only tertiary health institution we have in the state. How can you refuse to pay workers’ salaries for more than 20 months and still expect the hospital to function maximally? Well,l Abians shouldn’t worry since I have concluded plans to rebuild and restore the glory of ABSUTH if elected governor in 2023. Remember that my company Skill G Ltd. designed and built that hospital almost 20 years ago, so rebuilding it will not be difficult”.
Emphasizing the prime position of health in his New Abia vision, Prof Ibe revealed plans to build and equip general hospitals in the 17 Local Government Councils of the state, “as a means of stimulating the secondary health sector and bringing medicare closer to the people”.
He stated that he intends to leverage the data collated from the just concluded Prof Gregory Ibe Free Medical and Surgical Outreach in ensuring the provision of unique health solutions to specific groups and communities within the state.
In his words, “Arising from the free medical outreach, our team of medical personnel was able to identify diseases that are peculiar to specific regions of the state. Subsequently, we intend to leverage their findings in packaging and despatching to specific communities only those medical solutions that are relevant to the people of the area”.
Correspondents report that Prof Ibe recently sponsored the treatment of more than 12,000 patients in a statewide medical and surgical outreach that deployed an itinerant team of 62 medical personnel, who transversed 16 Local Government Councils of Abia providing medical solutions freely to the people.