The Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, Dr. Azubuike Oyebuchi has commenced the renovation of the maternity complex of the centre as part of measures to reposition it for optimum performance.
He dropped the hint on Friday during the inspection tour of the modern diagnostic centre in the hospital by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale.
Dr. Azubuike Oyebuchi said: “I was born here some forty something years ago, and I felt that it is still the same way, and as the new medical director, I said no, I need to renovate this place to say at least thank you for bringing me into this world and for giving me the same opportunity of been the medical director of this same hospital.”
During the tour of the facility which is funded by Sovereign Wealth Fund, the minister insisted that the FG is committed to reducing foreign medical tourism through the enhancement of medical facilities across the country.
“We will minimise people travelling abroad for medical examination and for the diagnosis of their ailment and we will really save a lot of money. We will minimise out door tourism and encourage indoor tourism.”
He expressed satisfaction with the level of job done by the contractor at the centre, saying it will soon be open for public use.
The minister made it clear that it is a Nigerian project and in fact a global project. ”we have it in Kano, and we have it in Umuahia and the third one is in Lagos state university teaching hospital (LUTH) but it is a cancer diagnostic Centre. Prof. Odewale added.
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