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Chief Medical Director, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, Awka, Joe Akabuike has called on all indigenes of Anambra State and other residents to always appreciate what they have in order to fortify the teaching hospital for the betterment of everybody.

  Dr Akabuike said this during a press briefing held in Awka over an allegation published on THISDAY Newspaper, which went viral to tarnish the image of the hospital under his leadership.      According to him,” this call is necessary to address false and malicious publication on me and our teaching hospital by yet an unknown person but published in THISDAY Newspaper on 18th May, 2022.”  “I am a specialist doctor. I have served as Board Chairman in College of Education. Immediately after that, I was appointed as a consultant in the hospital and given appointment as a lecturer in the university having had five to 10 years of experience.   

“Within one year in office, we were able to reposition the health institution to live up to its expectations. We commissioned new complexes, introduced SERVICOM for effective service delivery to patients, accredited four departments/School of Nursing, including the Podiatrist which has not been in existence since my inception in office, provided street lights within the  cranny of the hospital, procured 3D ultrasound machine, reticulated water to all parts of the hospital with provision of additional water tank…….”  “Due to the increased cost of managing the hospital, drugs and other goods by200 per cent, and difficulty of patients to pay for the goods and services, we have engaged NGO’s and philanthropists who continually help us to offset the bills of the indigent patients. The truth which will set people free are by far the truth which they are not prepared to hear. It costs nothing to always say the truth because one does not need to remember it but lies one need to remember and defend at every moment.”

 Dr Akabuike also stated that he overseas the day to day running of the hospital along with other members of the management while the Governing Board directs all the hospital affairs, adding that harmonious relationship has been made both with the Board members, management team and entire hospital community just as seen in numerous achievement recorded so far.

 Part of Dr Akabuike’s success stories in office within one year were building  and equipping  a dialysis unit,  trained Renal Nurses on the use of the machines, constructed and equipped consultant lodge as the first of its kind in the Eastern region, procured power generating set solely for the private ward/dialysis unit, completed and commissioned Mother and Child Referral Center, which was abandoned, renovation of mortuary/management reforms and so many others. 

 Dr Akabuike also noted that it is a standard practice in all tertiary institutions to feed in-patients, except if the patient cannot feed orally. hence it will help the nurses to administer drugs as at when due, maintain hygiene of the patient and ensure quantity and quality of food given.   This year, we have gotten up to N1.5million  from individuals who wish to assist patients and we remain thankful to them. About N3.2million. The case of N1.71 million is not a question that I will answer. We have both internal and external auditors and every account of expenditure made goes to their table.”

  In addition, the Chairman National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwifery, Comrade Onwuka Edith, thanked Dr Akabuike for his doggedness and zeal towards making success since he was made Commissioner for Health to his present position and encouraged him to continue his good work, especially in uniting all health practitioners.

 In her words, “I am sure since he came on board, we have not had any intra professional struggle in this hospital. All issues are very approachable. We are praying with you.”  

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