Friday, 18 February 2022

Calabar South to partner UCTH on Healthcare Delivery as Queen of South pays visit to CMD

Ukorebi Esien | February 15th 2022 

The chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area, Hon. Esther Bassey has called for a close working relationship in area of Health care delivery with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital while advocating for employment slots for youths of the local government area.

Mrs. Bassey who is often referred to as Queen of South made this appeal during a courtesy visit on the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Dr. Ikpeme  A. Ikpeme where she appreciated the positive strides recorded by the Ikpeme's administration. She specifically noted the new looks the medical facility now wears and other visible laudable projects.

The Queen of South used the opportunity to seek for medical collaboration between the hospital and the council area especially in area of health care delivery stating that the collaboration will futher boost healthcare in the council area.

on Friday, 11th February 2022 paid a courtesy visit to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital CMD, Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme. During the visit, Hon. Bassey appreciated the positive strides of the Director for the Hospital and equally acknowledged the new face of some areas in the medical institution.

"I appreciate the good works you are doing and also congratulate you once again for changing the narratives. I was going through the hospital and noticed the way you have given the CT Scan area a new face.

...I want to use this medium to appeal for a synergy with our Local Government in the aspect of our Health Centre project; even as we request for your professional advice on our medical structure going on at Esierebom, Henshaw Town, where we also intend to build a Doctors' quarters. 

"...the unemployment rate of our youths in Calabar South cannot be overemphasized; a lot of them have graduated and are not gainfully employed, so I want to again appeal that you help in taking some of them out of the streets." She concluded.

In response, the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Prof. Ikpeme said the partnership is welcome development which he will welcome in earnest stating that medical facility was established to serve Cross Riverians and the larger society.

"...we equally seek synergy with everyone around us both within and outside the community. We are here to serve you and the larger people of Cross River State, therefore anything that will continually evolve the hospital shall be embraced by us; we understand our role as the only Tertiary Health Care Institution in this part and we are doing all in our power to achieve satisfaction.

"Our department of community medicine will see about the visitation to your health centre and we shall surely factor-in; because we are here to serve the community.

"As for the employment request, it is a difficult position because we are a specialist area; so to speak. Our manpower ratio is supposed to be 75% clinical staff and 25% non-clinical staff, who render support services; and trying to balance it correctly, we consider other factors like local community interest, federal character, budget office etc. but I can assure you that we have heard your request and shall reach out to pick those who qualify for employment."

In related development, the chairman of calabar South has been assured to take delivery of an ongoing Health Center Project on or before end of March, 2022. This assurance was given by the Engineer on site,  Engineer onsite, Engr Amaechi Uzor while inspecting a comprehensive Health Center Project facilitated by the Federal government in Calabar South. 

The engineer had this to say, "This is Comprehensive Health Centre, it is a project carried out across the local governments areas in Nigeria and we hope to complete it by next month (March) after which it will be equipped and handed over to the Local Govt Council."

Hon. Esther Bassey was hailed by constituents for her cordial relationship with members of the community, speaking with newsmen, chairman of All Progressives Congress in Ward 5 of  Calabar South, comrade Albert Offiong revealed that Hon. Bassey "...has gone round all her project sites and is ensuring that the progress is rapid to avoid a case of abandoned projects. Right now we are at the Health Care Center in Esierebom and the job is going on well.

"There is a cordial relationship between the local government chairman and the community; we are mostly grateful for the present peaceful as well as violent-free nature of the community. The project is set for completion by March."