Rivers To Turn Medical Tourism Destination – Prof C.A. Alikor

Rivers To Turn Medical Tourism Destination – Prof C.A. Alikor

● Says Fubara is doing so much for health care delivery; much for the expansion of medical knowledge

By PHC Telegraph

Professor C.A Alikor, Chief Medical Director of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital stresses a point while rubbing minds with a delegation of chief executives of the Port Harcourt Press.

 

The efforts being made by the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, to turn the State into a medical tourism destination through the enhancement of the health sector has been acknowledged.

Professor Chizindu A. Alikor, Chief Medical Director of the State University Teaching Hospital said the Governor was doing everything within his power to change the narrative in terms of the quality of teaching as well as the advancement of medical science research and the promotion of healthcare delivery.

The Professor, a former State Chairman of the Nigerian  Medical  Association thanked Governor Fubara on behalf of the entire management of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital for the support that he is providing.

He expressed genuine appreciation to the Governor for the giant strides that are being recorded in the provision of much needed facilities, saying the kind of equipment that are being put together would transform the State into a medical tourism centre and lead to the grooming of more competent medical professionals.

A cross section of heads of the various departments at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.


Prof Alikor explains some of the complex operations of the Teaching Hospital.

 

The Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital bared his mind while exchanging views with a delegation of the Port Harcourt Press led by Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, a one-time member of the Federal House of Representatives and Publisher of the Port Harcourt Telegraph.

The Professor disclosed that  facilities at the State Teaching Hospital which is an arm of the Rivers State University have been vastly improved because of the emphasis that the Fubara administration is placing on the health sector.

According to the former chairman of the NMA, the Radiological Centre operated by the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital is the best in the country.

He revealed  that the Ultra Modern Modular Centre at the hospital has been equipped and reopened by Governor Fubara who has given approval to the medical institution to engage 500 additional staff.

Neurosurgical processes, including specialized abdominal surgeries, Professor Alikor further disclosed, are currently being performed.

Rivers State University Teaching Hospital: clean, equipped, funded, well staffed and ready to serve the public. 

 

Similarly, a Renal Centre equipped with topnotch facilities which will be carrying out complex operations including kidney transplants has been put in place.
Alikor said the aim is to encourage medical tourism and as much as possible reduce the number of people who are going abroad for medical reasons.

Alikor equally spoke of the Maxcillofacial and Dental Centre; the Ear, Nose and Throat Centre; the Hematology Branch which is concerned with the treatment of blood related diseases such as cancer; and the great strides that are being made in handling eye related problems at the hospital.

Acknowledging the Governor’s commitment to medicare, the Professor said a total of 1200 consultants as well as world class doctors and other professionals are working tirelessly round the clock to bring health to the doorsteps of the people.

He called for greater collaboration between the Press and the Teaching Hospital, noting that information dissemination is key to the enlightenment of the masses on ongoing efforts to keep them safe from disease and ailments which endanger life. .

Earlier, Rt. Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke, leader of the Port Harcourt Press had lauded the State Government and staff of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital for the great breakthroughs that are being recorded by the health institution.

He said the purpose  of the visit was to acquaint the media with what is happening at the centre of medical excellence set up by the Rivers State Government.

Nwuke urged the management of the hospital not to relent, saying that a healthy nation is indeed a wealthy nation.

Members of the delegation were later conducted round some critical departments by the Chief Medical Director and members of his team.

The delegation included Publishers of National Network, Rev. Canon Jerry Needam, Dimkpa Alikor ( TreasureBase), Abraham Dokuma Esq. (Port Harcourt Herald), Rev. Success Ekine (Rivers Messenger) and Benson Finebone (Weekly Star)

The Port Harcourt Telegraph understands that the journey to the establishment of the Teaching Hospital began with the era of the second civilian Governor,  Dr. Peter Odili who turned the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital into a specialist Hospital.

Thereafter,  Governor Rotimi Amaechi converted the BMH to Teaching Hospital. During his reign, complex knee surgeries were performed for the first time.

Governor Nyesom Wike contributed to the expansion of medical facilities tied to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.

On the saddle as Governor, Fubara is providing more hi-tech equipment and extending the frontiers of medicine and health care.

Our information suggests that the BMH is approximately 100 years old.

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