The management of Handmaid’s hospital, Ikot Ambang, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area has appealed for support from the Akwa Ibom State Government, Ibiono Ibom Local government council, agencies, as well as philanthropists, to come to the aid of the hospital to enable it carryout smooth service delivery for the people of the state.
The Medical Director of the healthcare facility, Rev. Sister Iniobong Akpabio made the appeal Monday, 11th July, 2021, during a courtesy visit to the executive chairman, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Ekopimo Polycarp Edet in his office.
Rev. Sister Iniobong who specifically decried lack of public power supply in the facility said, “among other challenges, power supply has been the major problem as the hospital had once resorted to using rechargeable lamps during surgical operations due to power outage”.
While noting that the Akwa Ibom state government has not shown interest to support or upgrade the facility due to the fact that the facility is owned by the missionary, Sister Iniobong expressed optimism that support will come from the host Local Government Area, spirited individuals as well as agencies.
Also speaking, the Medical Administrator, Rev. Sister Glory Akpan, called for support during the annual free medical outreach which will be coming up in December 2021.
She said the medical outreach is usually “free of charge to every patient”, noting that, “about four hundred and fifty patients were treated in the last outreach” and more patients will be expected this year.
Responding, the Ibiono Ibom Council boss, Rt. Hon. Ekopimo Edet, pledged his unwavering support to ensure specialized health services is rendered to all.
Hon. Ekopimo while expressing satisfaction on the services offered in the hospital, promised to embark on a facility tour to ascertain which aspect of assistance his administration can can render.