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Specialist hospital begins operation in Aguleri

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GOV Willie Obiano has inaugurated reconstructed Immaculate Heart Multi Specialty Hospital, Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area.

The multi-million naira hospital is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Onitsha, in partnership with Anambra State Government.

It was upgraded and re-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to meet the present health challenges facing Ndi Anambra residing in that area.

The refurbished hospital was where Gov. Obiano was born.

Speaking during the inauguration, the governor said it was the resolve of his administration to continue to ensure that adequate healthcare facilities would be available for the people.

“We are also upgrading general hospitals across the three senatorial zones as they are currently at various stages of completion.

“The Onitsha General Hospital is currently 90 per cent, Enugwu Ukwu, 60 per cent and Ekwulobia, about 45 per cent completed.

“We have procured eight water ambulances and speed boats in addition to other necessary facilities that will facilitate evacuation of persons to areas where they could obtain medical help.

“I still encourage you to register with the Anambra Health Insurance Scheme for easy access to quality healthcare,” Gov. Obiano said.

Earlier, chief executive officer, of the hospital, Rev. Fr. Chimobim Okoye, said services available at the facility are Pediatric care, Cardiology, Accident and Emergency, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics, Orthopedic, General Surgery and Ante-natal services.

Others are Gynecology, X-ray, Ultra Sound, Medical and ENT services, laboratory and blood banking.

In his homily during a Holy Mass to commemorate the inauguration of the hospital, the auxiliary bishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Dennis Isizoh said that the hospital was of great importance to the people of the community.

“It will solve health related issues of the people of the area.”

Bishop Isizoh noted that it was regrettable that some pregnant women and indigent people had died in the past because of non accessibility to well-equipped hospitals to offer prompt attention.

He expressed his happiness that the facility would make rushing people abroad for medical attention unnecessary.

The hospital has 120 beds and an ambulance. It is currently sited on 15 hectares of land. It has accommodation for Doctor’s Quarters and ample space as parking lot.

It was originally reconstructed as a clinic by the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha during the era of white missionaries under the leadership of Archbishop Charles Heerey.

It was then operated by the Holy Rosary Sisters, who worked with Bishop Shanahan, the first Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese from 1950.

The hospital currently has not less than eight consultants and six medical officers, bringing the number of medical practitioners in the hospital to 14.

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has paid glowing tribute Gov. Obiano for speedy refurbishing and inauguration of the Immaculate Heart Multi Specialty Hospital, Aguleri.

Dr Okpala made this known while addressing Health Information Correspondents in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

He noted that the inauguration of the state-of-the-art hospital at Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA) has demonstrated government’s determination in delivering functional healthcare system in the state.

“Although the multi-million naira hospital is owned by the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese but government partnered them to ensure they meet our standard in the health sector services.’’

The commissioner said the partnership yielded fruits because people from four major LGAs, Ayamelum, Oyi, Anambra East and Anambra West would receive quality healthcare services from the magnificent facility at their doorstep.

He added that the initiative was in line with the state government’s policy of ensuring that government and private owned hospitals in the state render quality healthcare services to Ndi Anambra.

“Services available at the facility are Pediatric Care, General Surgery, Cardiology, Accident and Emergency, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics, Orthopedic, Gynecology, X-ray, laboratory and blood banking, Ante-natal services, Medical and ENT services.

“The objective of government is to lay strong foundation stone for medical tourism in the state and our achievement in the health sector has shown that we mean business.

“Our expectation is that within the next six months people from Sokoto, Borno States and other South East states will come to patronise the hospital. They will not regret this,” he explained.

The commissioner said the ministry was working on directive from the governor in order to ensure speedy completion of ongoing reconstruction and upgrade of three major General Hospitals across the state.

Dr Okpala, then, gave thumbs up to Gov. Obiano for his leadership skills, urging other stakeholders to join hands with government in providing quality healthcare to the Ndi Anambra.

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