Recently Governor Udom Emmanuel again inaugurated the new face of Iquita hospital in Oron so I gave a thought about sustaining Governor Emmanuel’s Medical Revolution in Akwa Ibom State. This is just one of such projects across the 3 senatorial districts of the state. Etinan General Hospital witnessed this heavenly touch, Emmanuel Hospital Eket and many others.
Major in the renovation process is the importation of the State of the Art medical equipment – which are technologically driven, to these hospitals. Some of the machines are valued into several millions of naira, but when considering the benefits of having a healthy state, the funds invested in this project is of lesser value.
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Going down memory lane, the government has always invested in the health sector with various types of machines imported to serve one purpose or the other – though Gov. Emmanuel’s effort seems to be the most pronounced among such investments – owing to the number of hospitals affected and the type of machines delivered. Unfortunately, this investment has always had one story line accompanying it whether in rumour or in truth.
Once a medical machine is down, a consultant or an expatriate is contracted for the repairs. In the process the machine is sometimes taken out to be repaired outside the state and it never returns or the state of the machine is worse than when the repairs commenced. Finally, either through genuine government policies or through the “back door”, these machines are sold off, then the public hospitals are back to where it was before the restoration.
To sustain the recent medical revolution in the state therefore, the government must consider employing tech skills in the health sector. Where these skills are lacking in the labour market then it is paramount tech oriented individuals are sponsored to undergo the various training that will qualify them to maintain and repair these machines when necessary.
It is also important that hubs in Uyo includes health technology among the skills that could be acquired in these hubs. When techforest crew met with Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke as the speaker of the 6th Assembly last year on a courtesy visit, the then speaker expressed his desire to sponsor young people in acquiring tech skills in the health tech sector maybe by equipping a tech hub for the purpose. We believe the dream is still in the pipeline.
To equip hubs in Uyo to deliver this service, some investments may be required. Various machines and software that will be used as simulators will be vital. This is where the government may need to provide some funding for this purpose for the purpose of Sustaining Governor Emmanuel’s Medical Revolution. In all, going through the photos and videos of the inauguration one can see that technology and medicals are two inseparable entities, and the time to invest rightly is now.
Please note: This goes beyond employing individuals with certifications in this field, it is about getting the right skill set.
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