Ndifreke Jacob, UYO.
Uyo Local Government Chairman, Dr. Uwemedimo commissioned a new Primary Healthcare Centre in Ewet Offot community to add to series of achievement in his administration.
It was all pomp, rhapsodic and exhilarating as the Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Dr. Uwemedimo Udo recorded a new feat in the healthcare sector.
The latest feat recorded by Dr. Udo whose mantra is Service Alone was the commissioning of the remodelled Primary Healthcare Centre built in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and donated to Ewet Offot community on Friday, 16th December.
The commissioning attracted illustrious sons, daughters, youth and women who drummed gongs of excitement and appreciation to the Uyo LGA for the promptly addressing the health needs and challenges of the people.
In attendance at the commissioning were; Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Pastor Umo Eno, Member Representing Uyo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Anietie Eka, Chairman Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Monday Eyo and wife, Paramount Ruler of Uyo, His Royal Majesty, Edidem Sylvanus Okon JP, Vice Chairman of Uyo, Mrs Sylvia Ekong.
Others include, Wife of the Political Leader of Uyo, Mrs Emem Enobong Uwah, Former Chairman of Uyo, Rt. Hon. Ekerette Ekpeyong, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, Wife of the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Mrs Regina Charles, Village Head of Ewet Offot, Etteidung Ben Bassey John, Chairman, Nsit Ibom LGA, Hon. Eric Akpan, Councillors in Uyo, Traditional rulers, health workers and nurses, indigenes, youth, women, girls, among others.
Welcoming everyone to the commissioning, Dr. Uwemedimo Udo, remarked that one of the mandates entrusted him upon resumption was to commission life-changing projects, noting that he’s committed to upholding the promise by commissioning more projects that will facelift the plight of the Uyo people.
Dr. Udo noted that the remodelling was borne out of the drive to decongest heavy primary healthcare pressure at the only Primary Health Centre at Barracks road while meeting the increased health needs of the Uyo people.
The Uyo LGA Chairman who noted that he is inspired by the legacy of Governor Udom Emmanuel and is committed to transforming the Council and Uyo LGA through meaningful infrastructures, appealed with the State government to build a general hospital in the LGA to help provide secondary healthcare services to the people.
While thanking the development partner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for donating medical equipment to the facility and the host community for working together with the Council to achieve the feat, he appealed to the community to protect the facility, stressing that the facility can compete with any Primary Health Centre.
In his speech, Governor Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet congratulated the Uyo LGA Chairman for prioritizing healthcare delivery and redefining governance at the grassroot, stressing that he has set an exemplary template for others to follow.
Governor Emmanuel who reiterated government’s commitment towards addressing all pressing issues plagued the Uyo people, called on them to ensure governance returns to people by supporting the Peoples Democratic Party’s Governorship Candidate, Pastor Umo Eno.
Congratulating the Chairman for investing in healthcare delivery and appealing to the people give priority to their health, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh pledged his ministry’s readiness to ensuring quality healthcare needs of the Uyo people are met.
Conveying the host community’s gratitude, Etteidung Ben Bassey John, the Village Head of Ewet Offot appreciated Governor Udom, Dr. Uwemedimo and the development partners for refurbishing the facility to an appreciable and healthy level for use by indigenes and residents of Ewet Offot.
Etteidung Bassey while noting that the intervention signifies a real awakening in the lives of the Ewet Offot people, requested for security and construction of perimeter fencing around the facility to help protect the equipment.
A representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mr Adele Okon who were development partners in the project reiterated the church’s commitment to partnering with government to provide life enhancement projects.
Describing the Uyo LGA Chairman as a man of competence and character, Pastor Umo Eno, the PDP Governorship Candidate applauded Dr. Uwemedimo for achieving results, adding that it takes a Chairman that understands the rope of governance to partner the church to change the lives of his people.
Eno stressed that Primary Healthcare delivery forms one of government’s cardinal policies and projects at the rural areas, as such, government is committed in delivering and investing in premium healthcare delivery services.
Earlier, the Member Representing Uyo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Anietie Eka in his goodwill message who described the Uyo LGA Chairman as a man with lot of courage and competence, said Dr. Uwemedimo has demonstrated good leadership qualities and given the Uyo people something to hope on.
Also in his goodwill message, Rt. Hon. Ekerette Ekpeyong, the Former Chairman of Uyo LGA applauded the Chairman for the sterling and life-touching signature projects initiated by him.
Ekpeyong however appealed for the commonly spread of projects across the LGA, in order bring people-centric development.
On his part, Hon. Monday Eyo appreciated the Chairman for putting smile on the faces of workers in the LGA and placing development above mediocrity.
He noted that in pursuance of good governance, the Uyo people will queue behind and support all PDP candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Highpoint of the event was the commissioning of the health centre by His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
The remodelled health facility now has 13 bed spaces, Examination and delivery gouch, solar panel, OPD, laboratory, pharmacy, water supply, among others.