The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has
approved the release of the sum of N374.9 million for the construction
of a 200-bed specialist hospital in the state to be known as Adada
Specialist Hospital, Igbo-Ano.

Addressing newsmen after the meeting of the State Executive Council
(EXCO), the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg
Nnaji disclosed that the approval was for the first phase of the
project located within four neighbouring communities of Ovoko, Iheaka
(in Igbo Eze South Local Government Area), Orba and Imilike (in Udenu

It would be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi had performed the
ground-breaking ceremony of the specialist hospital, where he
reiterated his administration’s commitment to quality, accessible and
affordable healthcare delivery and declared his resolve to construct
similar specialist hospitals in the two other senatorial districts of
the state.

Explaining further on the Adada Specialist Hospital, Engr. Nnaji
stated that the phase one of the hospital “has every facility of a
specialist hospital such as the maternity section, accident emergency
unit, x-ray department, female ward; consulting room, among others”,
adding that the whole essence was to take quality healthcare delivery
to the rural areas.

Also speaking on the project, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan
Ekochin, who described the administration of Gov. Ugwuanyi as “an
embodiment of good governance”, stated that the Adada Specialist
Hospital was designed to be a tertiary hospital “where you have a top
level specialist” to “serve the core need of the masses in respect of
healthcare delivery”.

Dr. Ekochin noted that the hospital will be “a very large structure”
with “state-of-the-art facilities”, expressing optimism that “the
ultimate phase” will be actualized, accordingly.

The Health Commissioner disclosed that that the Council approved the
engagement of specialist doctors in various areas of specialization in
the 7 district hospitals in Enugu State to “offer specialist
healthcare services”

According to him, “this specialist care is going to be tantamount to
what we have in the tertiary hospitals”.

He also stated that the Council approved the establishment and
equipping of another specialist hospital at Agu Ekwegbe in Igbo Etiti
L.G.A by a private partner, stressing that the choice of the location
was selected through random balloting.

Dr. Ekochin further stated that the EXCO approved the setting up of
the Enugu State Agency for Universal Health Coverage, describing the
scheme as a branded version of the National Health Insurance Scheme
(NHIS), saying that the “Universal Health Coverage is a mandate the
whole world has taken upon itself”.

The Education Commissioner, Prof. Uche Eze equally told newsmen that
approval was given for the governor to set up a visitation panel for
the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) “to assess
the state of health of the university” to ensure that it is geared
towards achieving the vision and mission of the founding fathers of
the institution.

Prof. Eze added that the decision was sequel to the outcome of the
earlier meeting held between the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) and the state government including the management of ESUT where
a Memorandum of Action was signed in a bid to ensure industrial
harmony in the university.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe on his part
announced that the Council in keeping with the four-point agenda of
the government in the area of social justice approved medical vacation
for Judges.

He also stated that N92.2 million was approved for the purchase of
25-number generators for supply of power at the residence of the
Judges, adding six Hilux buses were approved for the Military
following the request made by the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army,
Enugu to enhance their security operation in the state.

On the ongoing rehabilitation of the 9th Mile-Ekochin-Ngwo-Miliken
Hill- New Market federal road, the Works Commissioner announced that
the state government will on Friday, June 8, close the Miliken Hill
section of the road for a period of three weeks to enable it carry out
the final stage of pavement works and resurfacing.

Engr. Nnaji advised motorists to use the Enugu –Onitsha expressway as
alternative route pending the completion of the work.

He stated that the state government regrets all inconveniences the
temporary closure of the road will cause the people of Enugu State and
beyond, especially road users, maintaining that the decision was
geared towards their wellbeing, safety and security.