By Donald Ojebo
The Delta State Government has assured that it would not for any reason compromise the standard of project delivery as far as its hospitals are concerned in order not to jeopardize the health and lives of residents of the State.
Dr. Mordi Ononye, Delta State Commissioner for Health made this known during an unscheduled monitoring visit to project sites at the Central Hospital, Warri and other Zonal Medical Centers across the three Senatorial Districts in the State.
The Commissioner who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Ejiro Ogheneaga and some Directors visited the six Zonal Medical Hospitals which include Central hospitals Kwale, Oleh, Ughelli, Warri, Sapele and Agbor.
He said that His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has graciously approved funds for comprehensive rehabilitation and renovation of some of our key hospitals across the three senatorial districts of the State.
“In the next few months we will spend more time on the field. We don’t want a situation where we bequeath abandoned projects to the next Administration. Any project we put our hands to do we want to see they are completed and also according to specification”.
“What we are doing now is to ensure that the projects approved for the contractors which include the rehabilitation and upgrades of our Central hospitals are carried out in tandem with the various bills of quantity” he said.
“To assess the extent of work done so far, know what is still left to be done and the areas that have been omitted like we saw in some hospitals with omissions and we would bring all these on board and tackle them” he continued.
Dr. Ononye expressed satisfaction on work done so far and urged the contractors and site engineers to put more efforts to ensure that the projects are delivered in good time as Deltans are eager to make use of this facilities.
He added that part of what the monitoring visit aimed to achieve is to get first-hand information on issues affecting the performance of the hospitals with the view to see how the Ministry can intervene and make them much more efficient in service delivery.
At the various hospitals visited, their Zonal Medical Directors conducted the Commissioner and his Team round the project sites and even as they commended the State Government for its interventions in the health sector.
They assured the Commissioner that they would do all within their powers to ensure that Deltans get the maximum benefits from the facilities.
The Commissioner also visited the Trauma Center, Agbor where work has reached advanced stage. He commended the Contractor handling the project for work done so far and urged him not to rest on his oars until the project is delivered.