Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has indicated readiness to assist the Catholic Church to upgrade St. Luke’s Hospital, Uyo to boost health-care delivery.
The hospital established in 1937 and reputed to be the second oldest hospital in the country was established by the early missionaries and managed by Uyo Catholic Diocese, has remained in a dire state of dilapidation.
Governor Emmanuel, who stated this during his first official outing pledged, to turn around the hospital after inspecting the theatre, Gynecology, Children, General, and Pediatrics wards, among others.
“This tour around the hospital is to show that the present government is interested in the well-being of its citizens. It is our concern and focus to have quality medical care in the state, which is why we would partner the hospital.
“The hospital has been a long-standing hospital that has served the nation and the people, which is why we need a partnership that works and not the partnership of ego or sentiments. Because we need this hospital to work and for the people to see progress, I am not interested in changing the name of the hospital but only to see that the hospital works,” he explained.
The Governor appealed to the Catholic Church to eschew sentiments about ownership as the state government was only interested in ensuring that the hospital avoids becoming a decayed facility, adding that the state government would partner the Federal Government to control erosion menace threatening the hospital premises.
The hospital administrator, Rev. Fr. Charles Essien disclosed that the management of the hospital which has changed hands between the state government and the Catholic Church after the Civil War needed the intervention of the state government.
Essien hinted that the hospital, which boasts of the highest number of patients in the state, has 300 beds, records between 200-300 deliveries monthly.
He said that the visit of the state Governor has given them hope that the fortunes of the hospital would soon change, maintaining that they would welcome partnership with the state government.

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