GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi, Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Paschal Agbodike, members of the State Executive Council, medical experts, among others, have turned out en masse to bid farewell to the immediate past Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, Awka, Dr. SBasil Elochukwu Nwankwo.
The late Dr. Nwankwo, whose remains were committed to mother earth in his country home,Akwa village, Ifitedunu, in Dunukofia Council Area, until his death was a veteran politician, ardent Catholic, who worked tirelessly to give the state teaching hospital formidable structure for better healthcare service delivery.
Speaking at the requiem Mass , Governor Obiano said the late Dr. Nwankwo made meaningful contributions to the development of the state teaching hospital and described his death as a very sad one.
Earlier in his sermon, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor, said the death of Dr. Nwankwo spoke volume about the transient nature of life on earth, calling on all well meaning personalities to use their positions in uplifting mankind, adding that self-discipline is needed to achieve meaningful goals in life, as well as observance of laws.
Bishop Ezeokafor also commended the Southern Governors for recent steps taken to address rising insecurity in the country and called on the federal government to be sincere in addressing insecurity in the nation.
The Metropolitan Grand Knight of St Mulumba, incharge of Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States, Sir Boniface Orakwe, said the late Dr. Basil made immense contributions to the growth of Catholic faith, urging his family, friends and relatives to uphold his good legacies.
CMD, COOUTH, Awka, Dr Josephat Akabuike, said his predecessor standardised the hospital and introduced a lot of responses which he would continue from.
According to him, “he had a very good relationship with staff because if you are doing well in any organisation, your staff will definitely like you. I think he was patient with staff. To his family, I urge them to take heart because it is a situation one cannot prevent but to accept it with good faith knowing that everybody must go one day. We pray that God will give his soul eternal rest in heaven”.
Dr.Akabuike also said that he would do his best to sustain the legacy left by his predecessor.
The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency and Special Adviser on Health to Governor Obiano, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi described late Dr. Nwankwo as a reformist, who did his job in a very determining way.
” He had a way of getting anybody who didn’t see reason why things should be done right actually fall into line and begin to do what he or she was supposed to do for the common good. His time at Amaku witnessed a lot of transformation; of course, in line with the vision of HE, Chief Willie Obiano for all sectors.
Speaking to newsmen, the first son of the deceased, Charles Nwankwo, described his late father as a jovial person who impacted positively into people’s lives.
“Outside all he did, he was a devoted Christian, cheerful giver and lover of all. On behalf of my family I thank God for a favourable weather that we have been able to hold the funeral. We appreciate all the personalities, friends and well wishers for their massive turnout and we pray that God will take them home safely”.
Recall that Dr. Nwankwo was appointed CMD of COOUTH on August, 4, 2017 and died on March 9, 2021. He is survived by wife, Lady Ebele Nwankwo and children, Stella, Tochukwu, Ikechukwu and Elochukwu.