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Otukpo General Hospital to turn teaching hospital soon – Ortom

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue said the General Hospital in Otukpo, Benue, would soon be upgraded to a teaching hospital for the Federal University of Health Sciences located in the town.

Governor Samuel Ortom

The governor said that the Federal Government had requested that the facility be released to it, in order to turn it into a teaching hospital for Federal University of Health Sciences.

“We have granted the request and had communicated our willingness to hand over the facility to the Federal Government,” he said.

He also said that while the state government awaits the take over of the facility by the Federal Government, it would fix all the decayed infrastructure there .

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Ortom also directed the Medical Officer in-charge of the hospital, Dr Ada Ogwu, to list all the decayed infrastructure there so that the state government could fix them without delay.

“We want to address the decayed infrastructure before the Federal Government comes to take over,” he said.

The governor also encouraged the contractor to hasten work on the isolation centre.

He, however, admonished the people against stigmatisation, stressing that people who were having signs of COVID-19 pandemic should come out, so that their samples could be collected and sent to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for testing.

Earlier, Dr Ogwu told the governor that the hospital was experiencing a shortage of staff, particularly nurses.

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He also listed the challenges of the hospital to include: water-tanker, completion of the laboratory, completion of wards four and five, and the theatre complex.

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