By Ogochukwu Isioma in Benin City
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended Senator Daisy Danjuma’s investment in the ongoing healthcare revolution in the state.
The governor gave the commendation during the dedication of the Merry Ehanire Mother and Child Hospital, in Benin City, as part of activities to mark the 10th year Anniversary thanksgiving of late Dame Merry Oritsetimeyin Ehanire, the mother of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Senator Daisy Danjuma.
He said the Mother and Child Hospital will be a key pointer to the direction of revolution of healthcare in the state, noting, “There is on-going revolution in the healthcare system in Edo State and this facility will be the key pointer to the direction of which our healthcare is going because it’s about access to healthcare and more importantly quality of healthcare.
“When Sen. Daisy Danjuma told me about building a mother and child hospital, I said let’s give her land at our current health hub at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital but unfortunately she has committed her resources.
“We have healthcare services in Nigeria but quality healthcare makes us travel abroad to seek treatment. The technology here at this hospital can give us access to experts anywhere in the world for treatment and we have started it with telemedicine. Last year, we were fortunate to have about 60 highly specialised Nigerian doctors who came from the Americas to give special healthcare services to our people.”
Obaseki added that, “Healthcare is much about the infrastructure as well as the human capacity. Edo is evolving to be a medical hub. I can tell you the health implications for these facilities for our healthcare system in Edo State.
“We have the human capacity to provide care here in the State. We have it as we were about to raise over 5,000 doctors during COVID-19 to care for the people. All we need to do is to relate to them better and improve their access to research.”
According to the governor, “We will be happy to come here in November to commission this hospital. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is building something similar. We will be opening the first phase of the new Stella Obasanjo hospital soon. With all these facilities, we will be launching Edo as the new medical hub of the country.”