Enugu State Government has shut down ten privately owned hospitals in the state for declining standards, inadequacy of health personnel and use of obsolete and non-functional equipment.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, who announced this while briefing the pressmen at the end of the State Executive also disclosed that the state government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a North American Company, San Carlos of Mexico for the establishment of Pineapple fruit juice processing factory in the state.
He gave the names of the clinics closed by the task force set up by the state Ministry of Health to monitor the standard of practice by private health facilities in the state as Moonlight clinic 81 Agbani Road, Enugu, Chief Dennis Okafor Memorial hospital and maternity, Ogbete Avenue off Kings Way Road, Zirank hospital and maternity, 167 Nike Road Abakpa Nike and Mount Olive Specialist hospital, Abakpa Nike, all in Enugu.
Others are the Royal Diagnostic Centre, 200 Agbani road Awkunanaw, Spring of Live Specialist hospital, 106 Agbani Road, Merit Laboratory, 151 Nike Road Abakpa Nike, Somadina hospital, 146 Nike Road ,Abakpa Nike and Divine Dividend Medical Centre, No 5 Udo Club road Gariki Awkunanaw, Enugu.
According to the Commissioner, the exercise is an ongoing one and would cover more than 450 registered private health facilities all over the 17 local government areas of the state to ensure that their owners comply with the standard set up by government and enable those seeking health care services get the best from the institutions.
He said strict sanction would be imposed on offenders who reopen their clinics without satisfying the laid down requirements.
The fruit juice project the commissioner disclosed, would be executed by the state government and the North America Company at 46 per cent ratio. Already, the State Executive Council has approved the sum of N965,320.02 representing its forty percent contribution for the purchase of agricultural and construction equipment for the take off of the project.
According to Ugwoke, the North American Company would in turn contribute 60 per cent of the sum which would take care of the purchase of bulldozer, loaders vibro compacter, tractors, harrows and other farming equipment for the project.
The commissioner who was accompanied by his Transport and Agriculture counterpart, Professor Martin Anikwe and Chuka Utazi, and SPA Rural Development, Mr. Dons Udeh, said the factory when established would create jobs and usher in well organised farming system in the state.
Ugwoke told the press that the council also gave approval for the development of raw surface water supply from Attavu River in Umueze Awkunanaw in Nkanu West local government area by the state Ministry of Environment and Korean firm'
Under the programme, the pilot project which will be replicated in the 17 local government areas of the state would involve collecting water from an existing river and piping it to treatment facility for advanced water treatment.
For the project when completed would help satisfy water demand of the people, improve hygienic and environmental health through safe drinking water, reduce water borne diseases.