N41 Billion Akwa Ibom ‘World Class’ Hospital Shut Down
When former Akwa Ibom commissioned the Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, two years ago, it was believed that finally Nigeria can boast of a 'world class' hospital.
Akpabio had boasted that the hospital, which he described as ‘world class’, was better equipped and higher in status than university teaching hospitals in Nigeria, and that it was going to promote medical tourism in the country.
However, two years after, the multi-million dollar hospital was shut down in September after its private managers terminated their contract with the state government and withdrew from the facility.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dominic Ukpong, confirmed on Wednesday that the hospital has been closed down.
Ukpong, a medical doctor, admitted that there was a disagreement between the state government and Cardiocare Ltd over the funding of the Ibom Specialist Hospital. But he also accused Cardiocare of poor management of the facility.
“The administration of the hospital, in my opinion, has not been satisfactory,” Ukpong said.
“Their excuses have been that government didn’t meet its own part of the obligation. But I am a witness to the huge amount of money the government has given to the service provider to run the hospital. And we haven’t had much to show for it,” the health commissioner said.
He said money was released at various times for the running of the hospital, besides the $5 million start-off fund the state government gave to Cardiocare Ltd.
The hospital could not get its electric power from the power company since it was not connected to the national grid.
Is this another pointer to the fact that Nigeria is only good in building but poor at managing?
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