Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that the newly

constructed state’s 200-bed Central Hospital in Benin, is more

beautiful and will be better equipped than many hospitals in Europe

and Asia.

The governor who spoke on Tuesday during an inspection of the

hospital, assured that the 200-bed Central Hospital which has

attained 98 per cent completion, will be adequately maintained to

ensure its durability and effective service delivery to the people.

He said: “When I said at the beginning that our intention is to build what I called a five-star hospital, most people tried to imagine what tha meant, but I am sure just looking at the building, I don’t know of any hotel in Nigeria, in terms of aesthetics, that has a better appeal than this. And this is the sort of thing you find in Europe, and some other advanced economies. If you are in the 21st Century, begin to think as if you are in the 22nd Century because the world has changed and it will keep changing. The pace of change will keep accelerating.

“The whole idea is that when a typical Edo person comes from a village

like mine, if he gets in here and realizes that even the environment

psychologically impacts on him and he begins to appreciate that he is

important, he is in the hands of professional healthca8re providers,

that way, that forgotten rural man, for once, will have access to

modern facilities. You don’t need to board an airline to London, to

India, to Europe to be told how hospitals look there. I am sure that

those of you who may have for one reason or another travelled, there

are many hospitals in Europe and in India that are not as beautiful as


“And so, I believe that a hundred years from now, this hospital will not

look outdated. You will see that as you look at the internal finishing,

we took into account the conventional challenges you have with public

building, problem of painting and repainting, and with the facials that

you have, you will never need to do repainting, all you need is proper

cleaning at regular intervals.

“The only thing we must now do is to address the critical issue of the

human factor. Once the hospital is open, we must re-engage the

doctors on the rule of engagement. We won’t invest in this kind of

facility, and a doctor comes in to clock in one hour, and goes back to

do his private practice, and then collects a cheque for one month at

the end of the day.

“I think we provide a hospital that can provide for everyone, both the

rich and the poor. There won’t be a difference in treatment for the

poor and the rich.”

By: Jethro Ibileke The News NigeriaScreenshot_2016-02-03-11-58-21-1

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