The much talked-about world-class Akwa Ibom specialist hospital has finally begun operations, six months after it was commissioned by former governor, Godswill Akpabio.
Six months after a world-class specialist hospital in Akwa Ibom State was hurriedly commissioned by former Governor Godswill Akpabio who left office May 29, has finally begun operations.
The hospital, initially known as the Akwa Ibom 20th Anniversary Hospital, is now officially called Ibom Specialist Hospital.
It can be recalled that the hospital became a subject of controversy in September after Akpabio, travelled to the United Kingdom for medical attention after a car accident, abandoning the multi-billion naira facility his administration promoted as being of world class standard.
The senate minority leader, later said the hospital’s takeoff was delayed because foreign doctors billed to work there had not been cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service to travel to the country, adding that the hospital would start off with 150 expatriates at once.
It was learnt that some of the doctors are now in the state, and have been deployed to test run equipment at the facility. About 25 foreign doctors have so far alreday started work at the hospital while about 125 others were still being expected in the country.
It was unclear how many Nigerian doctors would be employed at the new hospital.
It was reported that nn Wednesday, doctors, mostly Indians, were busy carrying out medical examinations on the people who visited the hospital for treatment.
An Indian cardiologist carried out blood pressure test and cardiac echo on a reporter who was at the hospital. “It’s a standard hospital that could be compared to any hospital anywhere in the world,” the cardiologist said.
For now, medical examination is free at the Ibom Specialist Hospital, but it was gathered that the hospital was yet to dispense drugs because ‘the pharmacy department (of the hospital) was not in proper shape.’
It is believed that the hospital may not start full services until January next year, because of the time needed to train support staff who will handle technical infrastructure of the hospital.