Rivers State

How New Cancer/Cardiovascular Hospital Will Benefit Rivers Residents, Gov. Wike Explains

By Kalada Jumbo

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has enumerated ways in which the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre currently under construction will benefit all residents of the State.

Gov. Nyesom Wike (left) and the Regional Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC. Juergen Fischer (right) during project inspection at Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Rumuokuta Obio-Akpor LGA on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Photo Credit: Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor of the oil-rich Niger Delta state declared that the money his administration is spending on the project is not a misplaced priority.

Gov. Wike said this when he visited the project site at Rumuokuta in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area on Friday, July 30, to inspect the progress of the already commenced construction work.

The governor asserted that no volume of expenditure on facilities that will secure the health of all residents in the state can be considered a waste.

“I’m very happy that the money we have spent here is not a misplaced priority. The healthcare of our people is important to us.

“It will save the time people travel overseas for cancer treatment. I think it will be something every Nigerians will be happy with. Here will be like a tourist centre. It has helipad, and doctors’ quarters. In case of emergency, they will fly in helicopter to this place and doctors who stay here will attend to them,” he explained.

The governor also explained that doctors’ quarters were built within the precincts of the Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre so that no doctor will claim they are unable to attend to patients timely, particularly in emergency situations, because of the distance between where they stay and the hospital.

However, Gov. Wike expressed satisfaction with the pace of work done in view of the gigantic nature of the project and the difficult topography that requires massive piling.

“We have confidence in Julius Berger and having come here today, I think they are on schedule. We are happy with the level of work.

“It’s not a job you must rush. They are taking their time to make sure they give the citizens of the state the best and to Nigerians in general.

“You knows it is a specialist hospital, the first of its kind in this country. We are quite comfortable and confident that by end of July 2022, they would have handed over this very important project to the State.”

The Regional Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, Juergen Fischer, said they are conscious of the promise they have made to the governor to deliver the project as agreed.

Already, he noted, the milestone achieved has surpassed what was initially expected because they have done ground piling and concluded the critical baseline underground structural work done.

“You can be sure that by the end of July as we promised his excellency, we will deliver this hospital. We are a little bit ahead of schedule even in the rainy season.”