Former governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu says the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia if well equipped has the ability of competing favourably with the best hospitals around the world.
This is even as he called on the federal government to pay priority attention to health facilities in the country in order to discourage medical tourism and foreign trips.
Dr. Kalu made the call after undergoing medical checkup at FMC Umuahia, against a planned medical trip to Germany.
He reckoned that the hospital has enough professionals with experience in different areas of specialization to handle medical cases and called on the federal government to consider upgrading the centre to a teaching hospital.
According to the former Abia state governor, “because of the number of visitors I had in the camp yesterday, well over 3000 of them, I woke up this morning feeling dizzy, instead of going to a private hospital, I decided to come to a federal government hospital where I know that Dr. Chuku Abali and his team have done a very good job.
I’m in good health. I’ve finished my investigations and I’m very happy that I’m in the hospital because this is what I’m telling our politicians and other big Nigerians to have a second address, because if I’m going to US or London, I might die on the way so I’m fine.
I’m not sure that there is anything doctors overseas do that these doctors here cannot do.
The federal government is working, but will have to do more. I’m calling on the minister of health and President Muhammadu Buhari and all the members of the federal executive council to convert this hospital to a teaching hospital so that our students of medicine can be trained here. This is one of the best we have. I’ve gone round the wards after my treatment, they are very clean, I’ve sent the CCT scan, MRI, they have it all here. There’s nothing found overseas that are not here.
In Nigeria, we have the best medical personnel, what we don’t have are the equipment, so I think the earlier we make investments, the better for us. This is even better than the Turkish hospital I used to go to in Abuja. So I can say this authoritatively that the number of personnel here, if given the opportunity by federal government, they will perform wonders,” he explained.
The consultant that led the medical check, Dr. Acho George confirmed that Dr Kalu is in good and healthy condition.
“His Excellency is in good health. He only came for routine check, which we did. There is nothing to worry about”, Dr. Acho said.
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