By Pat PA Okon
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has expressed optimism that Rivers State will soon become the hub of the Medical Profession in the Country.
Dr. Banigo stated this in a statement from the Government House in Port Harcourt, while reacting to the installation of the Chancellor and commencement of the Pamo University of Medical Sciences (PUMS) in Port Harcourt, South -South Nigeria.
According to the Deputy Governor, there is a dearth of qualified medical personnel to meet up the WHO recommended doctor patients ratio of 1 doctor to 600 patients in the Country, noting that the entry of the Pamo University of Medical Sciences will reverse the trend.
“I commend and congratulate the Pro-Chancellor of the University; Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili, our leader, for his vision in setting up this University in his home State. This will no doubt complement the newly-established faculty of Medical Sciences in the Rivers State University which will ultimately make Rivers State, the hub of Medical Sciences Education” Dr. Banigo said.
“I also commend the State Chief Executive, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his scholarship award to 100 Rivers students annually for the next five years at PUMS. This will indeed put Rivers State on the global map as a lead State in terms of health care delivery.” Dr. Banigo further said.
She congratulated the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and other members of the Board for making the dream a reality.