Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has called on governments to strengthen health infrastructures that address people’s health care needs and meet United Nations health specifications.
He added that the COVID-19 pandemic had put on the conscience of everyone, including administrators, politicians and professionals, that health-related problems should no longer be taken for granted.
Jonathan, who was in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, to kick off Doctor’s Week 2021, stated this in the local government of Ikot Ekpene on Tuesday at the state governor’s invitation to commission phase one of the general hospital. 117 year old remodeled.
The former president praised the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, for the provision of health infrastructure, adding that health security is paramount in the country’s national security.
Her words, “Let me thank the Governor for making it possible for me to be involved with this project, a hospital that has a history, that has been completely renovated, redesigned, reconfigured to provide effective medical care.
“It is a great way to start the program that has really led me to partner with the NMA on their annual program and it is good that we are starting health week charged with meeting people’s health needs.
“We congratulate the governor because health is key. When it comes to national security, health security is quite prominent, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened everyone’s eyes; be you professionals, politicians, administrators that health in the nation is key and we have to do everything possible to strengthen the infrastructure to meet health needs and, according to the provisions of the UN, health is a human rights issue. We thank the governor for providing us with this facility ”.
Earlier in his speech, the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, expressed his appreciation to the former president for honoring the invitation to the state.
Emmanuel, who was represented by the state’s lieutenant governor, Moses Ekpo, explained that the commissioning is a fulfillment of his campaign promises to the people.
“The commissioning of this General Hospital is the fulfillment of a campaign promise I made to establish world-class secondary healthcare facilities (general hospitals) in the ten federal electoral districts of the state. With today’s event, we have completed and commissioned for the glory of God, all but one, (Ikot Abasi) whose work is in progress. “