Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, has revealed why a N41bn hospital built in the state by the previous administration of Godswill Akpabio was shut down.
Prior to the closure, the hospital was managed by Cardiocare Medical Services Ltd, which terminated their contract with the state government and withdrew from the facility.
However, Governor Emmanuel just like the state Commissioner for Health, Dominic Ukpong, blamed the hospital closure on poor management.
Aniekeme Finbarr, the media aide to the governor Emmanuel, in a statement on Sunday quoted the governor as saying, “things became so bad for the hospital to the extent that its managers weren’t able to pay the salaries of the medical consultants who were foreign nationals mostly from India.
“I took over the payment of salary; I paid the consultants from my imprest. I have the vouchers.
“If as a businessman I receive 50 per cent of the support we give to the person managing the Specialist Hospital, I will declare profit.
“Ask Cardiocare Medical Services Ltd, since the day they started managing the hospital whether they have paid one naira to the state government? It came to a point where I asked them ‘where is the money you are charging the patients? Can’t it be used in payment of salary in the hospital?”
Governor Emmanuel hinted that the government could prosecute Cardiocare Ltd.
“I took an oath that I would not place my interest above that of the state. If people don’t know certain things let them ask questions not to castigate the governor,” the governor said, adding that “I don’t play politics with the development of the people.”
He said the government would get a new management for the hospital.