The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the September 28, election, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday, unveiled plans to make Edo the medical hub of the country.
Obaseki who made this known at an interactive section with the chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), also noted that his health programme will be targeted at the poor in the state.
He disclosed that the plan to make the state medical hub of the country, is to stop medical tourism.
To achieve this, Obaseki said the five star hospital that have been built in the state capital will be equipped with the best medical equipment the world has to offer.
He said his government, when elected, will build and equip specialised departments at the Central Hospital, Benin, for the treatment of ailment for which Nigerians seek medical attention abroad.
In addition, he said while experts on these field will be engaged, he also stressed that more medical personnel will be recruited for the various hospitals across the state.
While promising to restore faith the health sector, he said the medical needs of the poor have been duly considered.
According to him, “I will restore Faith in our Health sector and make Nigerians who seek health care abroad to come to Edo for their medical attention.
“While government looks up to establishing standard hospital across the state, it is also the duty of government to subsidized medical services and health care for those who cannot afford such bills.
“The less fortunate in the society will also enjoy the same quality services like every other individual in the rest of the world.”
He however noted that the Oshiomhole led government of the state, had invested substantially, in the health sector.
“What we have done basically, these past years, is to improve on the infrastructure of the government owned hospitals, as well as equipping some of them.
“Now, while we will be focusing more on the human capacity building part of the health sector, we will also be fully equipping those that needed to be equipped with modern health facilities,” he said.
Similarly, Obaseki also disclosed plans to build and equip emergency care centers at strategy locations across the state, to take of emergency cases, especially accident victims.