By Chioma Iruke
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan has advocated for the strengthening of health infrastructures across the country, describing the health of Nigerians as a key feature of National Security.
Speaking on Tuesday during the commissioning of the remodelled Ikot Ekpene General Hospital phase 1, Jonathan commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for renovating the 117-year-old medical facility.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of people worldwide to the importance of the health status of a nation, saying health was the right of every human being.
“Let me thank the governor for making it possible for me to link with this project, a hospital that has history, which has been completely renovated, redesigned, reconfigured for effective health care delivery.
“We commend the governor because health is key. When you are talking about national security, the health security is quite prominent. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everybody, be you professionals, politicians, administrators, health in the nation is key.
“We have to do everything possible to strengthen the infrastructure to deliver the health needs and based on UN provisions, health is a human right issue; we thank the governor for providing this facility.
“The facility still looking this way shows that the people are descent and committed to seeing development, we encourage you to continue to work with the governor and encourage him to do more and I believe the governor will do more in the next two years,” he said.
Responding, Governor Emmanuel said the commissioning of the General Hospital was a fulfilment of his campaign promise to establish world class secondary health care facilities in all the 10 Federal Constituencies in the state.