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Odili cancer, cardiovascular disease treatment centre will stem capital flight, Wike assures

Nyesom Ezenwo Wike

BY AMAKA AGBU

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Port Harcourt would stem capital flight and promote medical tourism in the state.

The governor said the Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnosis Treatment Centre which would soon be inaugurated and open to the public, would serve as a vehicle for promoting economic and social development and generating revenue for the state.

Governor Wike stated this shortly after inspecting the progress of work at the hospital on Wednesday.

The governor explained that his administration was spurred to embark on the construction of the multi-billion Naira Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnosis Treatment Centre to help patients who could not afford to travel abroad for medical treatment.

He said when the centre was commissioned and opened for public use, it would drastically reduce the number of those seeking medical treatment overseas, as complicated cases would be conveniently treated in the state.

“Most people have died, particularly because of one type of cancer or one type of heart disease. And so many of these people also may not have had the money to travel overseas for treatment. So, we said look, we can’t continue to allow this,” he said.

Governor Wike noted that though the country had lots of cancer and cardiovascular experts, the lack of technologically advanced medical equipment and standard hospital often impeded their potentials.

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According to him, the world class Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnosis Treatment Centre would be equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities to enable medical experts to maximise their full potentials in the state.

The governor, who took time to inspect the helipad, the doctor’s quarters, therapy centre, the landscaping and some of the state-of-the-art medical equipment, disclosed that the Rivers State government would engage private partners to manage the hospital.

“We are already having discussion with partners overseas who will come and run this centre. We won’t leave it to the Ministry of Health, but their doctors will be part of it. We will do it in such a way that it will be public private partnership so that we don’t regret investing in this edifice,” Wike stated.

The Rivers State governor commended the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for adhering to the terms of the contract and the timeline set for the completion of the project.

He said: “A project we said will be completed within one year, Julius Berger has completed it. All we are waiting for is to take a date and commission it. This is world class standard. The Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnosis Treatment Centre is world class. I’m not comparing, but I don’t know any cancer and cardiovascular diagnosis treatment centre that can match this. If you have travelled all over the world, you’ll know what it is.”

According to him, the hospital would be commissioned in October along with the 8th and 9th flyovers, and the dualised Ahoada-Omoku Road.

The governor also inspected ongoing work at the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover.

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