April deadline: Ebonyi govt. threatens to sack erring contractors in 13 L.G.As

From Felix Uka, Abakaliki
Ebonyi state government has threatened to revoke any of the contracts
awarded for upgrading of the 13 General Hospitals in the substantive
Local Government Areas (L.G.As) should any of the contractors fail to
complete the project at the end of this April.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike disclosed this
during the weekend on the occasion of press conference marking the
World Health Day.
He explained that none of the contractors has any reason to fail as
none of their generated bills was yet to be paid by the state
The Commissioner explained that issues of healthcare, more especially
from the primary healthcare sector should not be toiled with, a�?the
April deadline for completion of the projects is sacrosanct. We have
served the contractors notice on this. No paper stays 24 hours on the
Governora��s tablea�?.
Umezurike said that 171 primary healthcare centres have been upgraded
in the 171 political wards in the state, noted that the efforts were
meant to improve health services down to the far-to-reach communities
in the state.
a�?As we speak Ebonyi state remains the number one state in malaria
management. We have distributed 1. 7 million insecticidal treated
nets. We have distributed tricycle ambulances for the rural
communities. We are also partnering the office of the wife of the
governor on female genital mutilation and of course Ebonyi state is
polio free due to robust immunization activitiesa�?, he stated.
He however lamented that Nigeria as a country was very far from
realising the goals of proving desired healthcare in the country for
which reason many Nigerians including those at the top echelon go
abroad for medical treatment.
Umezurike noted that for there to be reliable healthcare system, all
tires of government, from wards to the national should meet the
expected roles, a�?With what is happening in Ebonyi state I grow the
hope that Nigeria will one day get it right. Umahi has shown that
leadership is the problema�?.

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