The Enugu State House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Health, Dr. Emeka Ogbuabor has raised alarm over possible collapse of Health facilities in the state as a result of alleged administrative and professional negligence.
In a presentation during the plenary in the hallowed chamber, Dr. Ogbuabor expressed mixed feelings that the State Government’s effort to revive the health sector could be a mirage if the situation persisted.
He said that the state Midwifery Institute in Awgu Local Government had closed down for over a decade while the ESUT Nursing School had lost its accreditation and wondered where and how health institutions in the state would source its man power.
Dr. Ogbuabor who is representing Isi Uzo Constituency alleged that the State Ministry of Health had technically refused to implement the free maternal and child health care programme of the state government, thereby putting the health situation of the people in jeopardy.
“And you cannot sustain your hospital if you do not produce the people who will work in those hospitals.”
Some of the members also complained of lack of access roads in various communities.
The member representing Nsukka East State Constituency, Chief Chimdu Nwamba lamented that the people of his area have been locked as result of bad road, not minding yearly recurrence of Ehandiagu-Ehalumona-Neke-Mbu road in the budget.
“Nsukka East and Isiuzo Local Governments are the only two local governments that doesn’t (don’t) have a road connection.”
The member representing Igbo-Etiti West, Chief James Akadu called for the inclusion of Ukehe-Ohebe Dim Aku road in the present budget citing its economic importance.
“You allocate ₦10,000,000 and you expect ₦10,000,000 to do that kind of project.”
However, the house committee chairman on Water Resources, Chief Anthony Ogidi announced that plans are on for the State to obtain a loan for $50,000,000 (fifty million United State dollars) to boost water sector.
“If that is done, I assure you that 24 hours the water will be running.”
Mrs. Ethel Oyibo Ugwuani representing Igbo-Eze North One praised the Executive for a robust budget estimate.
Meanwhile, the member representing Enugu North, Mr. Philip Nnamani expressed doubt over the possibility of actualizing the budget stating that there has been a decline in revenue records of some ministry.
The Appropriation Bill has passed its second reading and referred to the Committee on Finance and appropriation for further legislative action.
The Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Ubosi said the house was poised in passing an acceptable appropriation bill.
Chief Ubosi assured the people of the State that the house would protect their interest at all times.
BY OLIVER OSSAI