Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Dr Willie Onwuocha, Chief Medical Officer of Enugwu–Ukwu General Hospital in Njikoka local government area of Anambra state has called on the state government to adequately furnish the hospital with basic medical tools to enable it to attend to the medical and health needs of the rural populace who throng the hospital in their numbers.
Onwuocha made the call in an interview with newsmen at the weekend in Enugwu-Ukwu Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state.
Onwuocha said that the call became necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that Enugwu-Ukwu general hospital has no single medical tools to guard against such pandemic in case of any contact in the process of consultation.
He said, “Enugwu–Ukwu general hospital is a more central hospital with so many communities benefiting from the medical services in the hospital. It should have been given every attention in all ramifications.
“We do not have basic medical tools to attend to patients in this COVID-19 era. Primary materials like face mask, gloves, sanitizers, bucket with tap and soap to promote personal hygiene were bought by me.
“Enugwu-Ukwu general hospital was marginalised during the selection of hospitals to be used to fight against the spread of coronavirus.This hospital is more central and attends to more rural patients than any other hospital selected.”
The Chief Medical Officer also disclosed that health workers in the hospital work in fears as basic tools to guard against any infections were lacking and all requests made to the state government were yet to be attended to.
According to him, “We work in fear because basic facilities to use to discharge our medical services were all lacking in the hospital and it endangers the lives of medical practitioners. It is very painful,” he said.
He said patients came in large numbers to seek medical since after the suspension of the strike by medical doctors in the state and it has not been easy for the health workers.
“We work to defend our oath of office to save lives but governnent is not forthcoming with necessary precautionary measures to provide for the hospital management to aid in effective healthcare delivery,” he lamented.