Government of Anambra state mostly depends on mission facilities in both educational and healthcare service delivery. The government-owned facilities in the aforementioned sectors are not only few but also in moribund condition.
In its usual tradition of supporting and improving healthcare delivery in the state, Anambra state government has presented cheques worth Two hundred and eighty eight million, five hundred thousand naira to faith-based healthcare facilities in the state.
Governor Willie Obiano made the presentation at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Center, Awka.
While Catholic healthcare facilities got the total sum of one hundred and ninety seven million, seven hundred and fifty thousand naira, healthcare facilities managed by the Anglican faith were presented with cheque worth sixty one million two hundred and fifty thousand naira as well as the Pentecostal faith health facilities managed by the Pentecostals who were presented with cheque worth thirty million naira.
The Catholic faith has 42 recognized hospitals, Anglicans have 26, while Pentecostals have 1 recognized hospital.
According to Governor Obiano, since inception, his administration has given aid to faith – based facilities in the state to the tune of two billion, one hundred and seventy four thousand naira.
Members of the State Executive Council, Royal fathers led by South East and Anambra State Traditional Rulers’ Council Chairman, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Paschal Agbodike, Presidents-General, Transition Committee Chairmen, among others, attended the event.
By Ejike Abana (ABS Government House Correspondent)
A church that had one hospital got N30m while those with 42 got N180m . If you multiply it per hospital you would see that the one with one hospital got larger share, Onye Asiri asked? What is the name of that Pentecostal hospital? Hope we don’t give N30m to a pastor to go buy SUVs?
Meanwhile Despite state government support, hospital bills in Catholic hospitals are always on the high side and most times their laboratories would have milked the person before actual treatment.