The Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, has been shut down, just two years after it was built and commissioned by the administration of former governor Godswill Akpabio. Premium Times reports that almost all the health workers in the hospital were foreigners, mostly from India. It was learned that Akpabio had boasted that the hospital, which he described as ‘world class’, was better equipped and higher in status than university teaching hospitals in Nigeria.
It was gathered that Dominic Ukpong, the commissioner for health in the state, confirmed on Wednesday, October 4, that the hospital had been closed down. Ukpong admitted that there was a disagreement between the state government and Cardiocare over the funding of the hospital.
He said: ”The administration of the hospital, in my opinion, has not been satisfactory. Their excuses have been that government didn’t meet its own part of the obligation. ”But I am a witness to the huge amount of money the government has given to the service provider to run the hospital. And we haven’t had much to show for it.” He said money was released at various times for the running of the hospital, besides the $5 million start-off fund the state government gave to Cardiocare. According to him, ”The hospital could not get its electric power from the power company since it was not connected to the national grid.
”Apart from the fact that the state government was giving diesel free to their quarters, I remember that at some point the state government gave N250 million to them (Cardiocare), at their request, which they said they wanted to use to pay salaries.” Media reports put the amount at which the Akpabio administration used in setting up the hospital at N30 billion. But the health commissioner said it was about N41 billion.
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