STAKEHOLDERS in the
medical profession in Rivers
State have recommended that
the Braithwaite Specialist
Memorial Hospital, BSMH,
should serve as a nucleus
for the intended Rivers
State University Science and
Technology Teaching Hospital.
The stakeholders made the
submission during a public
hearing on the Rivers State
University of Science and
Technology Bill, 2017, at the
auditorium of the Assembly,
yesterday.
They also demanded that
a medical practitioner from
the public service should be
part of the board membership
of the teaching hospital. The
stakeholders submitted that the
commissioner of health should
recommend the person for
appointment in case of vacancy
of any member of the board.
Presenting his memoranda,
Vice Chancellor of RSUST, Mr
Blessing Didia, stated that the
model health centre at Harry’s
Town, Degema, should also be
part of the teaching hospital.
Dr Kenneth Okegua, while
speaking on behalf of the Rivers
State Hospitals Management
Board, pointed out that BSMH
has already been training
medical laboratory, as well
as post-graduate students in
medicine. He stressed that
appointing it as the nucleus
hospital will grant it the
autonomy that it has been
longing for.
Speaking earlier, the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry
of Justice, Mrs Florence
Fiberesima, who represented
the attorney-general of the
state, said the bill was borne
out of the need to have a state
teaching hospital. She urged
the Assembly to facilitate its
passage as it will help improve
health services and encourage
best practices in the sector.
In his closing remarks,
Chairman of the House
Committee on Health, Farah
Dagogo, thanked stakeholders
for their submissions and
ensured that their views will
be captured in the committee’s
report.

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