By Our Correspondent

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has warned workers in government hospitals to be resident in their areas of operation.

Government Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

The Governor gave the warning at the weekend when he paid an unscheduled inspection visit to the General Hospital, Patani.

According to the Governor, workers in government hospitals and other governmental organizations have no excuse not to be resident in their areas of operation, stating that strident measures would be taken against anybody found wanting in his or her job.

“No matter the circumstance, light or no light, workers must find a way of living in their areas of operation,” he said, reiterating, “the fact that there is no light does not mean they should not reside at places they are posted to”

He added, “other Deltans reside in such places and they are comfortable, so the workers should re-adjust and be resident in their areas of operation; especially, those who work in our hospitals, when they are off duty, they have a right to go to wherever they want to go to but, when they are on duty, they must reside at their areas of operation.”

On his assessment of the level of work done at the hospital, the Governor expressed satisfaction, assuring that the hospital would be fully operational in the next couple of months.

“In 2012 when we had the flood, Patani was badly affected and this hospital was seriously damaged, the immediate past state government awarded the contract for the renovation of the main building but when we came on board, we released funds for the contractor to enable him execute the project and also asked him to reconstruct the children’s Ward,” he said, adding, “you can see the contractor had to put some pillars because the foundation was badly shaken and we hope he completes it soon, so that we can bring back life to this hospital which serves Deltans and our brothers and sisters in Bayelsa State because, if you take a look, most of the villages around here do not have health facilities and this hospital serves them.”

The Governor gave Dr Emmamuel Uduaghan’s administration kudos for his efforts towards enhancing health facilities in Delta State, assuring that his administration was determined to make health facilities available to all Deltans with little or no stress.

Senator Okowa disclosed, “we have our health care programme which is on course but, I can say the immediate past government did a lot in the area of health care delivery, we will consolidate on the gains and improve on that while we look forward to starting the Delta State contributory health care scheme which will give coverage to as many as will be involved in it.”

“The bill is already before the state House of Assembly, they have done public hearing and we hope it passes through third reading because that is the right way to go in terms of universal health coverage, that is the recommendation of the world health bodies,” he said.