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The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Otumara accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Patrick Ofili and the Director of Medical of Medical Services and Training, Dr. Daniel Omodon, after inspecting the hospital recently announced the selection of the hospital as one of the hospitals in the state proposed for the free medical care for children under the age of five. Children between ages 0-5 according to the State Government under the proposed program will benefit from medical and surgery services at no. The Commissioner after being conducted round various wards and offices by the Medical Director, Dr. Samuel Biolonwu commended the hospital's management for its good state of preparedness.
While the idea of such a program is highly a good one, many of the indigenes of the town frowns at the attitude of the State Government that has left the institution to continue to rot away like an abandoned. The Government in the past has done nothing to win patients who now travel as far as Asaba and Ogwashi-Uku to receive medical attentions. Again, It may be argued that since the completion of the "Uno Ogwu General Hospital" only the slight raising of its fence, a change of name from "General Hospital, Ibusa" to "Government Hospital, Ibusa" and mini bore-holes been notable in its recent history. Even then, many of Ibusa indigenes have philanthropically and self-spiritedly donated bore-holes to the hospital. For instance, at the right wing inside the hospital stands a bore-hole structure donated by Martin Ikediashi, a native of the town, commissioned by Col John E. Yeri, the then Military Governor of Bendel State on April 19, 1991.
Permanently abandoned inside the hospital's premises are two Volkswagen
Beetle vehicles with registration number BD 2057 and AG 365 ASB. Ironically one
of the abandoned cars bears the registration number of the defunct
Inside the hospital, farming activities take place with women seen carrying cassava tubers harvested in the hospital to their homes. None of them agreed to disclose to this writer whether they hired the land for farming or simply encroached because what it speaks is clearly a hospital living a life of abandonment. And as an undisclosed indigene puts it "if the hospital cannot attend to the sick, it will surely attend to people seeking for land to plant crops"
The gory state of the Ibusa hospital epitomizes the enjoyment of monopoly of development by other towns in state as put in place by Ex-Governor Ibori to the detriment of other communities while groups and individuals of others work hard to develop their own out of self-development. The earlier the government looks the way of the hospital competing with weeds, the better for the people.
By Emeka Esogbue
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