Enugu state government has finalised plans to upgrade some district hospitals to specialist hospitals in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Samuel Ngwu made the promise during a press briefing on Saturday in Enugu.
He said Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi intends to upgrade most of the health facilities in the state for better health service delivery.
According to Ngwu, the hospitals to be upgraded to specialist hospitals include Amala Orba District Hospital and district hospitals in Enugu North senatorial district.
He said the district hospitals in Nsukka and Enugu Ezike would be upgraded with emphasis in increasing the capacity and functionality of the two hospitals.
The commissioner stated that the hospital upgrading would serve everyone well by limiting the traffic and easing the burden of the number of people coming to Enugu metropolis to access health services from those areas.
He added that when upgraded there would be functional and essential medical services at everyone’s door step.
“With this upgrade, the functional and essential medical services will be at their door steps and this will limit the need of having to go as far as Enugu to access the same care,” he said.
In his explanation, he said there was need to make doctors to constantly remain in those hospitals as well as in other rural hospitals in the state so as to provide the necessary health care services to everyone whenever they were in need of healthcare service.
He said the doctors to be transferred to the rural areas would be those who had passion for the job and are willing to live in those places, adding that the government would as well pay them rural allowances.
He said Governor Ugwuanyi had promised to continue to support the state health sector as long as it would continue to enhance the health care needs of everybody in Enugu State.

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