- Governor Obiano is set to establish hundreds of medical centres to sate the need of medical care in Anambra state
- A total of 326 medical centres are to be established in 21 local government areas of Anambra
- Obiano has said he will deliver for the Anambra people, and he has no intention of dumping his party
Following cries for medical attention by residents of Anambra state, the Willie Obiano-led government has said that it had concluded arrangements to set up Primary Health Centres in the 326 wards across the 21 local government areas of the state.
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The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, made the disclosure on Wednesday, January 18, at a workshop organized by a non-governmental organization, the Civil Rights Concern (CRN), in Awka.
Akabuike said that the project would be spearheaded by the State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
The commissioner said it was an intervention the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, had introduced to bring healthcare to the grassroots, explaining that no fewer than 63 health facilities in the state had already been upgraded to world class standard.
According to Vanguard, Akabuike observed that the healthcare system in the state was neglected for a long time, adding that it was for that reason that Governor Obiano was deploying radical approach to reform the system.
He said: “We didn’t have an organized system before now. What we had was a horizontal and vertical disintegration of the system.
“To reform a system takes time. One may not see the result immediately, but I can assure that this administration is doing great in that sector”.
The director of CRN, Mr Okey Onyeka, who decried the deplorable condition of public health facilities in the state, called for an increased budget in the health sector, as well as a regular presentation of budget performance in the area to enable stakeholders to evaluate it regularly.
Meanwhile, Governor Willie on Wednesday, debunked the rumour that he is planning to dump his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), for another political party, saying he would seek re-election on the platform of APGA in this year’s governorship election in the state.
This came as a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief Okwuchukwu Okafor, said the governor has failed the state in general and the Anambra North that produced him.
Obiano, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Strategic Communications and Legislative Matters, Prince Oliver Okpala, described the rumoured defection as a figment of the imagination of the opposition, which could only be consigned to the rumour mill where it belonged.
Describing APGA as a party that had brought so much dividends of democracy to Anambra people, Okpala said the rumour that Obiano was in talks with another political party with a view to jump ship was a calculated attempt to cause disaffection and confusion among the governor’s teeming supporters.
According to him, the fruits of the APGA-controlled government were there for all to see, adding that he would continue to champion the APGA cause.
Besides, he said Obiano did not need to dump APGA or join another political party to be re-elected as his giant developmental strides and gigantic footprints already dot the entire Anambra state.