Cross River Health Commissioner Storms Calabar General Hospital To Intervene As Heavy Rainstorm Disrupts Activities In Postnatal Ward
Calabar, the state capital of Cross River State, experienced a heavy downpour accompanied by a major storm and strong winds that lasted for over 4 hours, wreaking havoc and causing extensive damage at the State’s General Hospital in Mary Slessor Calabar.
Among the various damages caused by the rain, including disruption of vehicular traffic, downed trees and electric ponds, roofs ripped off, and many buildings damaged, the General Hospital Calabar felt the contact for the first time.
The heavy rains caused by the storm not only diverted the heavy flood of rain into the Post Natal Ward, but also vandalized the windows at the Theatre Ward and pulled the roofs off of most offices/Wards. Things to do The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, was quickly summoned and, as is her custom, she dashed out of her weekly Church service to protect lives and interfere.
Dr. Edu, who arrived at the hospital a few minutes after the incident, expressed her displeasure with the tragic event, noting that it was caused by a heavy downpour that did not spare the entire State Capital, as significant damages have been recorded so far. “I must admit that this is a very sad and unfortunate circumstance, as the rains coincided with a severe storm and high winds, causing significant damage to the facility and the area.” We’ve never had a case of flooding in General Hospital before, so today’s occurrence is the first of its kind, and we apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused our patients.
“The fact that mothers who have just given birth have been disrupted as a result of this incident is most upsetting, even though it is a natural occurrence. As a State, we will ensure proper renovation as the number of windows affected increases.” All impacted roofs will be replaced tomorrow morning, with new windows and expanded nets.
“We’ll also look at improving our health workers’ attitudes, as attitudes are still important in all, and health workers owe it to their patients to provide these high-quality services.” As a result, we’ll do more participation, sanctions, incentives, and seminars/workshops to help them develop their potential. This post-natal ward was actually renovated by MTN two years ago, and all here was of standard before this heavy downpour, so now that we’ve been able to identify areas that need urgent repairs, I’m assuring you that all will be repaired first thing today as Sen Prof Ben Ayade’s priority remains the health and safety of every Cross Riverian.”
Dr. Edu sympathized with the victims as she visited all of the Wards to console everyone who had been affected. She assured them of better services in the future, stating that it is critical to gain clients’ trust, especially now that the State Health Insurance Scheme enrollment has begun. She provided a large cash donation as well as relief materials to the over 20 women/mothers and their babies to compensate for their loss, and she directed the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Kumar, to ensure that fixers get to work as soon as possible.
Mrs Lucy Etta, one of the women who recently gave birth, praised the Commissioner’s proactive and prompt responses, stating that her coming out so late to check on their condition after the incident is a strong sign that she is a leader who puts her people’s interests ahead of her own. “I’m surprised that this lady took time out of her Church program to come check on our welfare; we haven’t had it this good in the past, and outside of this unfortunate occurrence, which is only normal, I must admit that the services provided here are vastly different from what this hospital has been known for. Most people stopped coming here for treatment, but now the majority of Cross Riverians come here for medical services because a lot has changed and the hospital has a new look; you can see nearly 17 women who have recently given birth at CS. This demonstrates that both the Governor and his Health Commissioner know what they’re doing and value human life. I applaud her for prioritizing us, and I pray that God will richly bless her, particularly for the financial assistance she provided to over 20 of us, as well as some relief supplies.
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