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Soludo inaugurates N240m oxygen plant, orders compliance by hospitals

By Cajetan Mmuta
The Anambra state Governor, Professor Charles Soludo on Wednesday commissioned an oxygen plant worth over N240 million in the state.

He also directed both private and public hospitals to ensure strict compliance in order to ensure the availability of oxygen in their respective health facilities.

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Soludo who was represented by the Commissioner for Health Dr. Ben Obidoke while commissioning the Isiaku Nimo Oxygen Plant in the Njikoka local government area of the state, said “This project is strategic and in line with the government policies and programs in the educational sector and with what we have on ground that makes it two oxygen plants in Anambra state after the initial one at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in Awka.

He noted that “This would also go a long way to assist in fighting health challenges in the state and as a matter of policy the state government hereby direct all private and public hospitals to ensure strict compliance to the availability of oxygen in their respective health facilities.”

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The former Commissioner for health and currently the Chief Medical Director of the Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Dr Jeo Akabuike said that the state still needs more of such facilities in the major towns in the area.

According to him, “As a matter of fact we need more of such facilities in the state and we need both government and private sector participation in the area of having more oxygen plants in our state because Oxygen is life and this would help to arrest emergency situations so that the usual story of no oxygen would be a thing of the past.”

Chairman Isiaku Micro Finance Bank Nimo Hon Ikem Uzoezie noted that,”As a result of research and practical business experience, Oxygen hub developed the Branded Business in collaboration with local businesses like Isiaku Life Bank located in Sub Saharan Africa and with the view to build a network of medical grade Oxygen supplies.”

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He said “The franchise is financed by the Directors of Isiaku Micro Finance Bank and other local investors to the sum of N200 million while the total investment from Oxygen hub is 400.000 dollars.”

The Anambra state Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Dr Jane Ezeonu noted that the Oxygen Plant is yet another impetus to the health sector in the state, adding that the association encourage more private sector participation in establishing more plants in other parts of the state.

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