Rivers community laments general hospital’s closure over insecurity

Residents of Ngo community in the Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Wednesday, lamented the continued closure of the general hospital in the area since February over insecurity.

The President, National Union of Andoni Students, Efuk Festus, during a tour of the hospital, expressed sadness that the health facility had been taken over by grasses.

He appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike to order its reopening in order to avert further loss of lives in the area.

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It was learnt that doctors posted to the health facility in Ngo had abandoned their duty and shut it down for fear of being kidnaped.

It was gathered that the hospital had been under lock and key for the past seven months as doctors posted to the facility refused to resume for duty, a development that forced the residents to seek medical assistance in other places.

Festus said, “Our general hospital has been shut down since February this year; grasses have taken over and its saddening that sick people here are usually stranded and can’t get medical assistance.

“We are begging the governor to immediately order the reopening of the facility for the sake of the Obolo people as our people are suffering.

“This is the seventh month this hospital has been under lock and key; we heard that doctors have been posted here, but we have yet to see them and this is making us to become worried.”

Calls to the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, rang out and he had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile telephone as of the time of filing this report.


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