The extension of the Malabo General Hospital, in the area of the city of Sampaka and Basupu, was the focus for the opening ceremony for the infrastructure work on the island of Bioko, including the extension to the People’s Palace, the Fire Station and Civil Protection Team in Malabo and Luba, and two new pavilions at the Malabo Hospital.
The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his speech, underlined that these days we are used to seeing great openings and the laying of first stones. However, this time there will be few openings and no prevision for the laying of the first stone. The Head of State focussed his speech on the new Hospital and National Body for Civil Protection. He also praised the Spanish cooperation in directing exchange funds for the debt between Equatorial Guinea and Spain in the construction of the modern hospital; for which the location had been agreed in order to avoid the population of Sampaka and Basupu having to go to the Malabo General Hospital, and so that the population could receive health care without the need to travel long distances.
It is our wish that health care is located in all places where there are population concentrations” said the Head of State. Addressing the civil protection corps, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recalled that it is a body that was lacking in our country, and highlighted the fact that its members must work in order to face large catastrophes, and also affirmed that those who had received the training had the obligation to pay the necessary attention to the population and continue with their training.
The health services are vital for the lives of people; we have built many health centres but the problem is the maintenance of health infrastructures, and the centres we have constructed lack maintenance and attention by the servers. I believe that is we wish to have a good health service then the personnel in the service, the doctors, the nurses, the health technicians, must be trained in their respective centres, because it is not logical to constantly build health centres without due attention, and this modern centre and its equipment must be conserved. When we recruit personnel to serve the people they must not only attend people, but also maintain the equipment”.
The Head of State concluded by thanking Spanish cooperation, the construction company, and all those who collaborated towards the completion of this project.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea