19 Bayelsa’s aban­doned 500-bed hospi­tal lay­ing fal­low

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put into use next year.

Res­i­dents of Bayelsa State are not happy over the state of the hospi­tal. A res­i­dent of Ingbi where the hospi­tal is lo­cated, Pius Oki, blamed the im­me­di­ate past ad­min­is­tra­tion for not com­plet­ing the project.

He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Timipri Silva had all it takes to com­plete the project but won­dered why it was not com­pleted.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion of Silva started the hospi­tal, huge sums of money were com­mit­ted in the project but still the hospi­tal was not com­pleted. When Dick­son came, in­stead of con­tin­u­ing from where his pre­de­ces­sor stopped, he said he was go­ing to re-model it to a 350-bed hospi­tal. Equip­ment bought for the hospi­tal are ly­ing fal­low, some of them have bro­ken down,” he stated.

Another res­i­dent, John­son Gib­son, blamed pol­icy in­sta­bil­ity for the de­lay in the com­ple­tion of the project.

He said, “Gov­ern­ment is a con­tin­u­ous process and suc­ceed­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion is ex­pected to con­tinue with the project started by a par­tic­u­lar ad­min­is­tra­tion. If your pre­de­ces­sor ini­ti­ated a good project and did not com­plete it, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the suc­ceed­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion to con­tinue and com­plete such project.

“A sit­u­a­tion where an ad­min­is­tra­tion comes on board and aban­dons projects ini­ti­ated by a pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion is not good for the growth of the state.”

He said the only func­tional fa­cil­ity in the hospi­tal is the di­ag­nos­tics cen­tre con­structed by the present gover­nor. Pa­tient vis­its the cen­tre for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and then go to other med­i­cal cen­tres for treat­ment.

“This is not how things should be done. If you want to con­struct a hospi­tal, you make sure fa­cil­i­ties are in place. You don’t put one fa­cil­ity and leave oth­ers,” he stated.

Bayelsa State Com­mis­sioner for Health, Pro­fes­sor Ebiti­t­ula Etebu, said the 500-bed hospi­tal was shrouded in im­pro­pri­ety and blamed the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion for not show­ing se­ri­ous com­mit­ment in com­plet­ing the project.

Etebu said the present ad­min­is­tra­tion is do­ing its best to com­plete the hospi­tal be­cause “So much has been com­mit­ted into the project.”

“We are in the process of start­ing some­thing but be­cause of the present eco­nomic crunch, we are look­ing at best op­tions to con­tinue with the project,” he stated.

Di­lap­i­dated struc­ture at the hospi­tal premises PHOTOS: Vic­tor Edozie

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