Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, has said that the Abavo Cottage Hospital will be commissioned soon.
The commissioner dropped the hint recently when he visited the hospital to assess the level of work done.
Construction started in 2006 as a health centre but was abandoned for many years, but Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during his inauguration speech on May 29, 2015 assured that the primary health centre would be converted to a cottage hospital within one year.
While expressing satisfaction at the quality of work done at the hospital, Dr Azinge said finishing touches were been made in preparation for the commissioning.
“The hospital is ready for opening this month; so far, a lot of progress has been made but some work still needs to be done,” he said, adding that the required equipment were being supplied while measures have been put in place to secure such.
According to him, “we have set up a task force of top officials of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with community leaders to ensure that our equipment are safe, nurses and doctors will be here while the equipment are installed as that will help with safety too.
“The access roads are almost 80 percent complete, while the internal roads are about 75 percent complete, the culverts are being done, so we hope and we are working day and night to see that this hospital is commissioned this month.
“In the next ten days, we assure His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa that this hospital will be ready for commissioning. All hands are on deck to make sure that it is commissioned; the contractor has assured us and we have given him the mandate that this hospital will be commissioned and put into use in the next few days,” he assured.
The commissioner thanked the Chairman, Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Isaac Akpoveta, and Dr Ben Nkechika who have been working with them to ensure that the equipment are installed while noting that training for their use will be done prior to the commissioning.
The commissioner was accompanied by the permanent secretary and other top officials of the ministry.

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