By Christian ABURIME
Embarking on the transformative journey towards a thriving and livable homeland, Governor of Anambra State, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, has not only exceeded expectations but has etched a legacy of unparalleled accomplishments within the past 22 months.
This visionary administration, rooted in a steadfast commitment to holistic development, has strategically focused on key pillars: security, law and order, infrastructure, economic transformation, human capital development, governance reforms, and a sustainable environment.
A pivotal facet of this remarkable journey lies in the sphere of healthcare, where the Soludo administration has orchestrated a symphony of positive change. A resolute end has been brought to the era of hospitals bereft of doctors and medical professionals, with an audacious recruitment drive that ushered in approximately 1000 skilled medical personnel.
This formidable cadre of healthcare experts now oversees the operation of government healthcare facilities, bringing a breath of fresh air to the healthcare landscape. A beacon of hope for expecting mothers, the Solution government has graciously extended the gift of life without the burden of cost.
Free antenatal care and delivery services are now available to pregnant women at government hospitals and health centres across the state, fostering a culture of accessible and compassionate maternal care.
This altruistic initiative not only exemplifies a commitment to the well-being of mothers but also propels Anambra State to the forefront, securing its position as the second state with the lowest infant mortality rate, trailing only behind Lagos.
The administration’s steadfast commitment to healthcare excellence also manifests in the ongoing renovation and modernization endeavors at three General Hospitals in Umueri, Ekwulobia, and Enugu-Ukwu. State-of-the-art dental units have also been introduced, elevating the standard of healthcare facilities to meet the evolving needs of the populace.
Prioritizing women’s health, the Soludo administration has established 30 cervical cancer screening centers, sowing seeds of hope and early detection throughout Anambra’s communities.
The State Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance Systems (SEMAS) now stand as sentinels, ensuring rapid responses in times of medical emergencies, further fortifying the state’s healthcare infrastructure.
A watershed moment in pharmaceutical oversight, the administration inaugurated a cutting-edge Drugs Quality Control Lab at COOUTH, Amaku, assuring citizens of the safety and efficacy of medications.
Pioneering self-sufficiency, the establishment of a Medical Oxygen Production Plant and an Endoscopy unit at General Hospital, Onitsha, signals a strategic move towards bolstering critical healthcare capabilities.
The deployment of Hematology Analyzers to the laboratory departments of General Hospitals in Agulu and Nnobi underscores the administration’s commitment to advanced and accurate medical diagnostics. This technological leap forward ensures that healthcare practitioners can provide precise and timely interventions, enhancing the overall efficacy of medical services.
In essence, Governor Soludo’s tenure has not only ushered in an era of unprecedented achievements but has laid the foundation for a healthcare landscape that is not just reactive but proactive, compassionate, and equipped to meet the evolving needs of the citizens of Anambra State.
The journey to a prosperous homeland under the visionary and revolutionary leadership of Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo continues, guided by a vision that places the well-being of its people at the forefront of development.