Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has approved the establishment of ten new dialysis centres, one for each of the ten federal constituencies of the State.
Consequently, the Governor has directed the immediate commence of recruitment and training of professionals to meet the manpower needs of the dialysis centres which are to be fully operational by June 2024.
Announcing these at the Immanuel General Hospital, Eket, where he commissioned the Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Center, donated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Governor Eno also ordered the deployment of relevant personnel from the State hospitals to the dialysis center to ensure that the facility is not underutilized due to lack of personnel.
"I have already approved deployment of staff to the centre. I had given the Honourable Commissioner for Health approval to headhunt for qualified people to come and work here. I have also directed the Head of the Civil Service to work with Ministry of Health and the Civil Service Commission to absorb them as quickly as possible so that we can have permanent staff here. We don't want to have equipment here, yet we don't have the manpower to operate them", he stated .
He made a case for aggressive sensitization on kidney related ailments and measures to checkmate its occurrence and directed that the Ministry of Health collaborates with the Ministry of Information and Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor to undertake the sensitization.
The State Governor extolled the gesture of RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and wife Folu, in partnering government through the Church's humanitarian arm, 'His Love Foundation', to provide medical services to Akwa Ibom people, especially those hopelessly plagued with the ravaging kidney diseases.