The Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and his Minister of State counterpart, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama will be in Owerri this Friday for the unveiling of the Federal University Teaching Hospital, formerly (FMC) and the commissioning of signature projects built by the Federal Government.
The Chief Guest of Honour and Chief Host is the Governor, distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma. This is sequel to the amendment of the law and its signing by the President in November, 2022.
The federal University Teaching Hospital, Owerri is one of the busiest health facilities in Nigeria with over 300.000 patients seen annually. The hi-impact projects to be commissioned include: the Medical Oxygen Production Plant, 80 KVA Solar Grid, and the foundation stone laying for the E-Library, Building for the FUTO Medical School by the, Chief Guest of Honour, distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Other major projects completed by the present Management led by Dr Kingsley Achigbu are: Upgrading, Restructuring and Equipping of the Renal Dialysis Centre, Construction of Research Centre, Construction of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( M.R.I)_Building, Construction of a Central Sterile Services Department ( SSD) Building and construction of Isolation Centre among numerous others. Already House Officers quarters at their Outreach centre in Umuamusa, Njaba is completed.
On going projects include, the construction of a Trauma Centre, the only one in the South East. Construction of Obstetrics and, Gynaecology Clinic/Maternity Ward and the construction of Specialist Outpatients Building Complex. Renovated Structures are: The General Outpatients Clinic (GOPC) Complex. Renovated Amenity Ward. Renovated Theatre Complex and the Pharmacy Department Complex.
This quantum leap couldn’t have been possible if not for the harmony that exist in the place and the open-door policy adopted by the Management. Through prudent management of scarce resources, Dr Kingsley Achigbu and his Management team have been able to turn around the fortunes of the Teaching Hospital to play its tripartite mandate of Training, Research and Rendering health care services to our people.
No doubt, the upgrading of the Federal Medical Centre to a Federal University Teaching Hospital and the provision of these very important infrastructures, shows the premium, President Buhari places on the health and wellbeing of the citizenry.
With these facilities in the place and highly motivated staff, the health care delivery services in the state and its environs will be tremendously improved. Kudos to the Governor for creating the enabling environment for excellence to thrive in the state.