There were tears of joy in Enugu-Ezike headquarters of Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State yesterday when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State laid the foundation for the construction of Amenity Hospital complex inside the General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu Ezike, abandoned since 1956.
Scores of people from far and near including women and children trooped en-masse to witness the event, which was described as historic.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ugwuanyi declared that there was no going back in his administration’s resolve to continue vigorous pursuit of its rural development agenda in the state.
Ugwuanyi who disclosed that a lot of development projects are being carried out in the rural communities by his administration, especially in the areas of health, infrastructure, education, among others, to uplift the living standard of rural dwellers, stressed that “our people in the rural areas have suffered enough”.
The governor therefore maintained that “rural development continues”, adding that his administration will leave no stone unturned to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the state, who are largely residing in the rural areas.
He therefore revealed that similar healthcare projects including the Type-3 Primary Healthcare Centres, are in so many communities and villages of the state
Presenting a brief history of the General Hospital Ogrute, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Dr. Cyril Nnadi, pointed out that ever since the hospital was founded in 1956, there has not been any significant project that has been done here, until about three months ago, when His Excellency came here and saw the state of the hospital.
According to him, “it was in such a bad shape that one can’t even drive into this hospital. But after the governor’s visit; in fact within a twinkle of an eye, we can see everything being transformed; the road, the fence, the borehole, and there is a Cottage Hospital with Isolation facilities being constructed here at the moment, which is almost completed. In fact, it is like a dream come true.
In his brief presentation, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, explained that the Amenity Hospital complex, a storey building comprising a ground floor and upper floor with 40 wards and specialized wards for patients with complications, is the first of its kind in Enugu State.