I Learnt So Much Managing COVID-19 Cases – Dr. Ojum

…Says Gov Wike’s Achievements In Health Sector Unprecedented, Revolutionary

The Director of Emergency Services Unit at the Rivers State Ministry of Health, Dr. Sylvanus Ojum says he gained enormous knowledge handling Covid-19 cases during the onset of the pandemic in the state.

The medical practitioner who doubles as the Consultant Intensive Care Therapist at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RISUTH) Port Harcourt, said the experiences garnered while managing what often proved to be very challenging cases, had bolstered his clinical knowledge and would leave lasting memories in course of his career.

Dr. Ojum, who disclosed this during an interview with National Network in his office in Port Harcourt, Monday, expressed satisfaction, adding that series of overseas training in Intensive Care Medicine had adequately prepared him for the task and also put him on the driving seat during the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.

The medic however acknowledged that his expertise aside, all the credit must go to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who provided the platform to render service to the state.

“Governor Wike worked like a Trojan. I can authoritatively say this because I was directly involved in the so many intensively bad cases.

“Governor Wike worked as if he is a doctor. He was proactive and supervised the works to stop the spread.

What would have cost the state so much was curtailed such that our mortality and morbidity was very low compared to other states and countries in the world.

Let, Governor Wike is not a doctor”, he said, and gave him kudos for procuring ventilators which facilitated treatment of the Covid-19 victims.

Speaking on the governor’s performances in six years of his eight years tenure, Ojum who was the first medic to specialize in Intensive Care Medicine in South South and South East regions of the country, described Wike’s achievements especially in the health sector, as monumental, unprecedented and revolutionary’.

“Governor Nyesom Wike deserves all the accolades for the giant developmental strides recorded in six years of his administration.

“I know that I speak the minds of many in the health sector.


I am deeply elated at the healthcare delivery. Our governor has raised the bar.

What he put on ground are things that have not been seen in the state for quite a long time since I became a doctor”, Ojum enthused, while also applauding the governor for judicious dispensation of funds, considering ongoing roads and flyover projects.

He added that the governor has left his footprints in gold not only in building standard healthcare facilities but in development of needed manpower.

“A standing scholarship has been established for Rivers students at PAMO University. He has also given scholarships to doctors admitted into RISUTH.

This is unprecedented and it means that in the next few years, Rivers State would have so many doctors, courtesy of the large heart of Governor Nyesom Wike”, said the ONELGA-born medical expert.

Dr. Ojum who said the responsibility of maintaining the many equipment provided by the Wike administration for the health sector, rests on both government and the users, urged both parties to do everything possible to ensure the legacies of the governor are preserved.

On his expectations in the remaining two years of his administration, Dr. Ojum urged the governor to consolidate on his gains.

“He should complete all the projects started, while training and manpower development should be given attention.

There should be training and retraining and people like us who are already working need to travel and clean up our brains.

 I am well trained but there should be training and re-training”, he said.

Dr. Ojum, who is also an associate pastor, seized the opportunity to pray for Governor Wike as he marks his birthday, December 13, 2021.

His words, “I pray fervently for God to grant him many more years. His wealth of knowledge and wisdom is unparalleled, and I thank God for giving us such rare gift as Governor Wike”.


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