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Stakeholders in the medical profession in Rivers State have recommended that the Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital, (BSMH), Port Harcourt, should serve as nucleus of the intended Rivers State University Science and Technology Teaching Hospital.
The stakeholders made the submission during a Public Hearing on the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Bill, 2017, at the Rivers State House of Assembly complex, Port Harcourt.
The stakeholders, also demanded that a medical practitioner from the Public Service should be part of the Board membership of the Teaching Hosptal. The stakeholders further submitted that the Commissioner of Health should be the person to recommend for appointment in case of vacancy of any member of the Board.
Presenting his memoranda, Vice Chancellor of RSUST, Mr Blessing Didia stated that the model health centre at Harry’s Town, Degema should also be part of the teaching hospital.
Also, Dr Kenneth Okegua, while speaking on behalf of the Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, pointed out that the BSMH had already been training medical laboratory and as well post-graduate students in medicine. He stressed that appointing BSMH as the nucleus hospital will grant it the autonomy that it has been longing for.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Florence Fiberesima, who represented the Attorney General of the State, said the bill was borne out of the need to have a state teaching hospital. She urged the Assembly to facilitate it’s passage as it will help improve health services in the state and encourage best practices in the sector.
In his closing remarks, Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon Doctor Farah Dagogo, thanked stakeholders for their submissions and ensured that their views will be captured in the committee report.