Rivers Set to Revamp Hospital, Approves N473.93m for Garden


Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Executive Council yesterday approved the revamping of the Kelsey Harrison Hospital in Port Harcourt Local Government Area.

It also approved the sum of N472, million for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Zoological Garden.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, added that the council also approved the revitalisation of the Dental and Maxilo-Facial Hospital.

Chike explained that the approvals would enable the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) to secure accreditation for internship and Dental Residency training by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. He also said that the council approved the review of the operational agreement between the state government and Ashes to Ashes Funeral Limited on the management of the mortuary at the RSUTH.

The proposed agreement, according to him, would provide an opportunity for the RSUTH to train pathologists and morticians for the state and the country in general.

Chike also stated that an implementation committee has been set up for the actualisation of the approvals.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Tonye Oniyide, explained that the sum of N472 million approved for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Zoological Garden would be used to renovate the administrative block, museum, staff quarters, snack kiosk and the general conveniences.

Also to be rehabilitated is the retaining walls, gate house, outside perimeter wire mesh and remodeling of the front gate of the premises.

Mrs Oniyide said the rehabilitation when completed, would boost tourism development in the State.