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Akabuike marks one year as COOUTH CMD



By Nkechi Ikenwoke

CHIEF Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, (COOUTH) Amaku, Awka,  Joe Akabuike recently marked his one year in office and conducted pressmen around the hospital premises for proper sight-seeing of the new developments.

  Dr Akabuike who was appointed to his office immediately after the demise of the former CMD, late Dr. Basil Nwankwo said Amaku hospital is among the top best hospital in the country with adequate facilities.

   Speaking to newsmen during a press briefing in Awka, Dr Akabuike assured more proper health care delivery and called on ndi Anambra and other residents in the state not to underestimate what they have but always value it.

   He said, “ordinarily, we are doing this to project this hospital to ndi Anambra and Nigeria at large. This is the only tertiary institution of the state. We started as general hospital, special hospital and now teaching hospital. I want to say that this hospital is one of the best hospitals in the country”.

  Dr Akabuike listed some of the achievements of his administration within one year such as the construction of consultants lodge to enable the consultants to live within the hospital as first of its kind in the South Eastern region, building and equipping of the dialysis unit and training of renal nurses with the use of the equipments including mammography machines and the CT Scan; adding that retraining and reward of staff will bring a better service delivery for the patients.

  Other areas of development in the hospital by Dr Akabuike include re-activation of the street light and lighting the whole hospital environment, renovation of the Children Emergency and a pediatric ward, re-roofing of the Lab. complex porch and the side lab, prompt payment of staff salaries, provision of poles for hanging of mosquito nets in medical and surgical wards, producing best staff every year, improvement of the workers welfare etc.

  Dr Akabuike also called on the general public to disregard an alleged claim made on the social media that the hospital is extorting patients by forcing them to patronise a particular restaurant within the hospital.

 In his speech, the Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Nnaemeka Umedum said that having gone through all investigations of the claim, denied such extortations but explained that the food sold from the said restaurant was minimised for the patients at a fifty percent discount according to what patients pays in other teaching hospitals where there is need for control of food that come into the wards.

   More so, the President, National Association Of Resident Doctors, NARD, COOUTH, Dr Emmanuel Chukwuka thanked the management of the hospital led by Dr Akabuike for addressing the welfare of the resident doctors and implementing the demands captured in Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS for resident doctors.

   Some staff of the hospital present during the conference were the Head of Account, Mr Godwin Nwodo, Head of Nursing Services, Mrs Ezeanoro Augustina, Director of Administration,  Ibeke Chioma, the Auditor General of the hospital, Mrs Dim Chinwe, Mrs Chinonso Okeke, Loveline Ezeakunne and Agbai Henrietta.

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