The Lead Consultant, FamilyCare Hospital, Prof. Seiyefa Brizibe said his decision to move the hospital from Port Harcourt, Rivers state to Bayelsa state was propelled by a deep sense of desire to provide the best medical care for his own people.
The Kolokuma/Opokuma born medical expert revealed this during an exclusive interview with Niger Delta Herald in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Prof. Brizibe, who is a Professor of Family Medicine, said he took the difficult decision to relocate the health facility from a city like Port Harcourt where there is higher patronage because his love for service to humanity, especially his own people, overwhelmed his personal interest.
“The decision to relocate to Yenagoa was a coplex scenario but with a deep sense of wanting to provide the best medical care for a challenged community, which actually brought this dream to fruition,” he said.
On the tremendous growth recorded by the hospital since it was relocated to Opolo in Yenagoa three years ago, Brizibe said one of the factors was its professional handling of the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme.
He said FamilyCare now leads among private hospitals that have keyed into the BHIS in the state due to the principles of confidentiality and other professionalism.
The medical practitioner, who is also a senior lecturer at the Bayelsa state owned Niger Delta University, also suggested that if Bayelsa state must progress in the health sector, duplication of health related institutions should be discouraged, adding that the present location of the BMU should be left as a Teaching Hospital as was originally planned..
He noted that the Colleges of Health Sciences at NDU and the University of Africa, Torou-Orua should be merged into the Medical University so as to reduce running cost for productivity.
Watch out for the full interview with Prof. Seiyefa Brizibe in our next week’s edition.