Onitsha General Hospital Upgraded To FMC
By Ovat Abeng
Onitsha General Hospital has been officially upgraded and commissioned as Federal Medical Center (FMC), Onitsha by the Minister of State for Health, Honourable Joseph Ekumankama.
Hon. Ekumankama who stated that the processes of hand over is ninty-nine percent completed listing the benefits of the upgrading to include increase in staff salary, increased funding, sophisticated equipment, more consultants, reduction in medical tourism, residency training, among others.
The minister said that a state cannot have a teaching hospital and FMC but Anambra is the first state to have both due to her population and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the bill, Senator Stella Odua for sponsoring the bill and Governor Chukwuma Soludo for his doggedness in ensuring that the FMC is a reality, pointing out that the synergy showed that they have love for their people.
Addressing the people, Anambra state Governor, Chukwuma Soludo represented by the Commissioner of Health, Dr Afam Obidike called for improved health service delivery among the staff.
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In a welcome address, the acting Medical Director of the Federal Medical Center, Onitsha, Dr. Ebelechukwu Anugwu said the FMC was necessitated to bridge the existing gap between primary, secondary and tertiary health care delivery in Anambra state as a whole, saying that Onitsha General Hospital, situated at the heart of the state center of commerce, established sixty years ago by the colonial masters is the largest public health facility in the state and covers a total of 15.2 acres with one hundred and thirty five bed spaces.
Dr. Anugwu said the state government made a great deal to uplift the standard of the General Hospital with the state of the Art Kidney dialysis centre, Mammography centre, Oxygen plant under construction, standard operating theatre among others and appreciated all who contributed the success story of the hospital.
The Chief Medical Director of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, Dr Joe Ugbaja promised to assist the hospital to grow.
The event attracted personnel from Federal and state health sector, the traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeks Achebe, Archbishop Valerian Okeke of Onitsha, Bishop on the Niger, Rt Rev. Owen Nwokolo represented by sub-dean, All Saints Cathedral, Venerable Samuel Ezeudo, Mr. Nonso Chukwudebelu who represented Princess Stella Odua- Senator representing Anambra North, Anambra state chapter of Nigeria Medical Association among others.