Oporoma Community Development Committee (CDC), located in Southern Ijaw local government Area of Bayelsa State has called on the State Government to equip abandoned Oporoma General Hospital with the needed health facilities and manpower so that the hospital can become functional.
Secretary of the Oporoma Community Development Committee, Festus Abule expressed concern over the abandoned Hospital which has left community members handicapped as they usually have to visit Hospitals in Yenagoa, the State Capital whenever they are unwell.
While interacting with newsmen, Festus, who is also the executive director of the Humanity Development Initiative pleaded with the Governor of the State, Senator Douye Diri and Commissioner for health, Dr Pabara Newton Igwele to make the hospital usable so that the community people can have access to efficient health service without necessarily visiting Yenagoa for medical-related issues.
He noted that there has been an increase in death rates since most Oporoma indigenes usually go to distant places for treatment; causing delays that result in deaths.
According to him, the Oporoma General hospital has been in existence since 1973, about 48 years under the old Rivers State; revealing that the then Governor of the State, D.S.P Alamieyeseigha renovated it during his tenure. It was later rebuilt by the former Governor, Seriake Dickson but has not been put to use since then.
Festus said, ”The hospital is located in Oporoma, Southern Ijaw local government.
”If you go there now, you will discover that it has been kept for reptiles, snakes, Lizards”.
”I am calling on well-meaning Bayelsans, from the local government, Senators, Commissioner of health and State government to visit the place and see how they can put it in place”.
”If this hospital building is put in place, it will create employment, Youth restiveness will reduce. People within the area can have easier assess to hospitals and also help to reduce the death rate. Nearby communities will also benefit from it”.
Abule said, although the community has made some moves and written to the commissioner for health and they said something will be done; yet it hasn’t been fulfilled.
However, Comrade Philip Godfrey, convener, Community Partnership for peace development and Justice also urged the State government to respond to the call of the community as the abandoned project was built with money and should not be left like that without proper use.
Philip opined that the General Hospital Oporoma has no justification to be abandoned; saying that it is very annoying that such a magnificent building it’s not in use.
”We are not here to indict anybody but to beg our prosperity government to do something about it,” Philip added.