Rivers - The Rivers Government on Wednesday threatened to close down hospitals that were not adequately staffed and equipped.
Dr Sampson Parker, the Commissioner for Health, issued the threat in Port Harcourt at a press briefing.
``Any hospital that is below the required medical standard will be
closed down, whether it is owned by government or private individuals.
``Rivers State will no longer tolerate quackery; there is no way only
two doctors can service a secondary health centre,” he said.
Parker said that the health sector in the state was in poor condition when he assumed office five years ago.
He said that patients at Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital,
Port Harcourt, received drips on the floor, while instruments at
Churchill hospital were boiled to sterilise them.
The commissioner said he was ashamed when he visited some hospitals in the state.
He said that the previous administration in the state built hospitals that were not equipped.
Parker said that Gov. Chibuike Amaechi had made the Ministry of
Health ministry `a frontline’ ministry in the state, adding that the
government would focus attention on the health sector.
He said that Amaechi’s administration had turned the fortunes of the
health sector around with 350 primary healthcare centres and 35 General
He said that more than 400,000 persons patronised the state five-year-old Free Medical Healthcare Programme.
Parker said the ministry had some challenges and commended health
workers in the state for working in spite of the challenges.