Enugu govt shuts down10 hospitals for poor standards
From VAL OKARA, Owerri
Friday May 04, 2012

The Enugu State Government has shutdown 10 privately- owned hospitals in the state for declining standards, inadequacy of health personnel and use of obsolete and non-functional equipment.

The state Commissioner for Information, Chuks Ugwoke, who announced this while briefing journalists at the end of the state executive meeting, also disclosed that government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a North American Company, San Carlos of Mexico for the establishment of pineapple fruit juice processing factory in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the ongoing exercise would cover more than 450 registered private health facilities scattered in the 17 local government areas of the state to ensure that their owners comply with the standard set up by government and enable those seeking health care services get the best from the institutions.

He said strict sanction would be imposed on offenders who reopened their clinics without satisfying the laid down requirements.

The fruit juice project, the Commissioner disclosed, would be executed by the state government and the North American Company at 40 and 60 percent ratio. Already, the State Executive Council has approved the sum of over N965,320.02 representing its 40 percent contribution for the purchase of agricultural and construction equipment for the takeoff of the pineapple project.

According to Mr. Ugwoke, the North American Company would in turn contribute 60 percent of the sum which would take care of the purchase of bulldozer, loaders vibro compacter, tractors, harrows and other farming equipment for the project. The Commissioner, who was accompanied by his Transport and Agriculture counterpart, Professor Martin Anikwe and Chuka Utazi and SPA Rural Development, Mr. Dons Udeh said the factory, when established would create jobs and usher in well organized farming system in the state.

Mr. Ugwoke told journalists that the council also gave approval for the development of raw surface water supply from Attavu River in Umueze Awkunanaw in Nkanu West Local Government Area by the State Ministry of Environment and a Korean firm. Under the programme, the pilot project, which will be replicated in the 17 local government areas of the sate will involve collecting water from an existing river and piping it to treatment facility for advanced water treatment.
For the project, when completed would help satisfy water demand of the people, improve hygienic and environmental health through safe drinking water and reduce water borne diseases.

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