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New Imo health boss swings into action

By Gid Ahanonu
The new Commission for Health in Imo State, Dr. (Lady) Angela Uwakwem, has announced plans to equip rural hospitals with men and materials.
At an interactive session with staff of the ministry in Owerri, Dr. Uwakwem said that the plan was to bring healthcare services to the door steps of citizens in Imo State.
She said that patients would not be rushing to hospitals in the urban centres if they could obtain healthcare services in their localities for simple ailments.
According to her the health insurance scheme would be reinforced for the benefit of Imo people.
She noted that the rescue mission administration had healthcare as its priority, for which it built 27 new hospitals in the 27 local government areas of the state, with those in Iho and Ngor Okpala in full operation.
She also said that the Specialist Hospital at Umuguma has been reactivated.
The commissioner charged the staff to be disciplined and work as a team, reminding them that the ministry is vast and competes with other sectors as it gives service to difference classes of people.
She urged them to drop negative feelings arising from events of the past, promising that the management would assess their performances on a new slate and on equal rights.
Dr. Uwakwem stressed punctuality and maintenance of the dress code and urged them to call on her when necessary as she would maintain an open-door policy.

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