The lawmaker representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Constituency II, Hon. Nathaniel Uwaji, has stressed the need for the Rivers State Univeristy of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital to be sited outside Port Harcourt, if the bill is passed into law.
Uwaji said this last Thursday during the debate on a bill for a law to establish the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital at the Assembly’s planary session in Port Harcourt.
According to him, Port Harcourt, as a capital city, is congested to a level that no magnitude of road network can reduce the usual traffic jam, especially within Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor areas.
He said, any additional investment in Port Harcourt City would worsen the traffic situation and increase the city’s population which would ultimately pose health hazards to residents.
The lawmaker who urged the house to consider the health challenges of citizens living outside Port Harcourt in the state, stressed that it would be wise to site the hospital close to the rural dwellers to support health centres to save lives.
Noting that the hospital would attract development, Uwaji wants the house to consider the need of developing another city to compliment the Port Harcourt City.
Despite the aguement the lawmaker said he had the mandate of his constituency to support the bill to be passed into law.
Also supporting the bill, the lawmaker representing Port Harcourt Constituency I, Hon. Victoria Nyeche expressed the need for the Teaching Hospital bill to be passed into law.
According to her, the Hospital would enhance health manpower training to medical students in the state, and as well serve as a health research institution.
She said the hospital is capable of decongesting existing government hospitals in the state.