Rivers gives JBN contract to build cancer, Cardio- Vascular hospital in PH


The nation’s leading engineering construction company and most reliable infrastructures development partner, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has signed a contract to build Nigeria’s first State-owned cancer and cadio-vascular diseases diagnostic and treatment centre in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt. The contract signing ceremony took place 9.00am last Monday at the Council Chambers of the Rivers State Government House with the full complement of the State Executive Council, including the Executive Governor His Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS (Africa) and Deputy Governor Her Excellency Dr. Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, DSSRS in attendance.The Governor who disclosed that the multi-billion Naira project is for a 14-months completion period, also emphasized that the contractors, Julius Berger, come rain or shine, should in line with their habitual and well attested reliability, work, complete and deliver the project for commissioning as scheduled by the Government. He emphasized his unflinching confidence in the commanding technical competence and abilities of the country’s leading engineering construction leader. According to the Governor: “People ask: why should it be Julius Berger that will build it, and I ask why not Julius Berger? Our people need the best infrastructures, and in this country, we all agree that Julius Berger builds and delivers only the very best and lasting infrastructures. We chose Julius Berger to help us build it not only well, but also successfully within its scheduled completion time as experience have taught us the company always do with projects they undertake.”Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, described the project as a special one in the sense that it is a medical facility “that has the potential to alleviate suffering and serve as a beacon for care for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease in Nigeria….a project to serve as a catalyst and inspiration for the development of reliable, high quality healthcare solutions in Nigeria.” The Julius Berger helmsman further said the Centre has been designed with “advanced healthcare services such as Chemotherapy and nuclear Medicine”.The facility is designed to provide 72 beds for patient accommodation, including a dedicated ICU/CCU patient accommodation ward; critical care areas for immune compromised patients; and private isolation bed wards. Additionally, the hospital will also feature outpatient procedure capacities, a fully equipped Pathology laboratory, a fully equipped Radiology department, two full theatres and one Cathlab with full support infrastructure, electronic and mechanical systems and equipment, doctors consulting rooms for inpatient and outpatient consultation, a pharmacy; as well as a coffee shop and restaurant facility for visitors and patients refreshments.

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