Kelsey Harrison Hospital Begins Operations, Today


The newly built Prof Kelsey Harrison Hospital will be unveiled today for public use.

This is coming one year after the hospital was rebuilt and equipped by the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led administration.

Formerly known as the Niger Hospital Diobu, the health facility located at Emenike Street was in a state of disrepair before it was pulled down and rebuilt by the present administration in 2009.

After the refurbishment, government renamed the hospital after one of the state’s brightest Gynaecologists, Prof Kelsey Harrison and upgraded it to a referral facility.

It has however suffered delay in opening for public use due to the State Government’s policy in ensuring that it is managed by a competent health operator.

Governor Chibuike Amaechi had said that government had adopted the policy to ensure that the hospital was well run and sustainable.

Equipped with state-of-the art facilities, the hospital will serve as a referral facility to receive patients from the various health centres across the state.

Though it is still skeletal how its operations will be done, The Tide learnt that Governor Amaechi had insisted that the hospital be put to use by January, following delay since its completion.

An official told The Tide that the plan is to test run the facility for three months before it fully opens for the public by the second quarter of the year.

Services to be rendered to the public include patient care, surgery, emergency care, maternity services and wide range of diagnostic cases.

The Rivers State Government declares open the former Niger Hospital rebuilt and renamed Kelsey Harrison Hospital at Emenike Street, Mile II, Diobu, Port Harcourt.