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CMAC, NAUTH Calls For More Strategic Partnership For Movement To Permanent Site


Isaac Ojo


*As House Committee on Health Institutions Visits NAUTH.

The CMAC, Dr Ugboaja Joe has called for more strategic partnership towards the movement of the hospital to the permanent site
He made this call during the visit of the House of Reps Committee on Health Institutions Tuesday visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi on Tuesday as part of their oversight functions.

At the occasion whose main feature was the visit to the hospital’s permanent site, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Dr Pascal Obi, stated that there is need to prioritize some of the on-going projects in permanent site of the hospital for faster completion and movement into the permanent site, saying that having too many projects going on at the same time at the site will delay the completion and eventual movement.

“Our job does not end at making sure that government approves money for hospitals, in includes making sure that money released are properly utilized by the institutions.

“We have seen many buildings springing up here at the same time none completed, and we have also seen the hospital operating from what looks like makeshift houses, there is need to immediately complete some projects at the permanent site.

“We have therefore told the CMD and his management that in this year 2021 budget he should make sure that construction works going on here are phased, let them come in phases so that when money is released, you concentrate on a few to be able to move into the permanent site.

“You prioritize the projects to make sure that funds are used to get projects completed to be able to move into the permanent site so that more fundings can come from both Federal Government, individuals and organizations, this is not only the institutions we have we have over eighty nine of them.”

The Committee however promised that their visit is not going to be business as usual promising that will make a difference.

In his address, the Chief Medical Director, CMD, NAUTH, Prof. Anthony Igwegbe enumerated some of the problems of the institution as, poor funding, outsourced services which are not budgeted, low overhead for running the hospital, which some times are carried over in the budget and high cost funding electricity.

“We are running the hospital at a loss particularly this period of COVID-19′ some times we think of not handling such cases but we cannot because is part of our job, what we lose economically from handling COVID-19 patients is more than what we gain.” Igwegbe noted

Other committee member on the visit were, Hon. Samuel Adejare, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ben Kalu, Chairman House Committee on Media, Hon. Amos Nagaji, Hon. Yinusa Akintola, Hon. Musa Bagos, Hon. Kingsley Chinwe, and Director/Clerk of the Committee, Mr Emenalo Boniface.

Fielding questions from members of press after the visit, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr Ugboaja Joseph praised the committee for making efforts to visit the hospital, even in this period of the covid-19 pandemic. He expressed the confidence that the Hon Obi led committee will greatly facilitate the movement of the hospital to the permanent site.

The CMAC, who is a key member of the Board committee on movement to the permanent site calls for more strategic partnership with all stakeholders towards the movement of the hospital to the permanent site.
He thanked all the good spirited individuals and corporate bodies who have partnered with the hospital and urged them to brace up to the current moves to transform the hospital to a world class health institution and an Africa center of medical tourism. According to him, this vision starts with the movement of the hospital to the permanent site.

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10 comments on “CMAC, NAUTH Calls For More Strategic Partnership For Movement To Permanent Site

Roy Uchefuna

Good news! I believe that NAUTH contemporaries have all moved to their permanent sites long time ago. Why we are still where we are is baffling. The house and FGN should wake up to their resonsibilities. This hospital has been under construction for the past 20 to 30 years unending. It is a big shame. Somebody should be embarrassed and ashamed of the current status. The last time i went there to see things fir myself i wept. The road to the site is like the road to hell. Infact i lost my exhaust pot before i got there and had to remove it and carried it in the booth. All the access roads to that permanent site are all horrible. The group should also make every effort to visit Okofia campus the permanent site of the College. All the four access roads to the Nnewi Campus of Almighty Unizik are in a total mess. You won’t believe that a medical school like that in this 21st century is existing. It is a collosal shame. Almost 30yrs after the establishment of a Medical college linked to the almighty Zik of Africa…..no access road,…. in Anambra state of all the states and in Nnewi the Japan of Africa. It’s like we have lost our shame. It is painful that we’ve had governors like Mbadinuju, Ngige, Peter Obi, Etiaba, and currently Obiano and none of them deemed it fit to extend an access road to the second campus of Unizik in Nnewi. Yet all of them kept praising Zik and Ojukwu during their campaigns. We have senators, Reps and state assembly Representatives who don’t even know where Unizik Nnewi campus is situated. None of the past governors have stepped on that campus fir any program. If Zik and Ikemba are woken up from the grave they will all of you 24 lashes of the cane minus one for failing to do the jobs you were voted in to do. I rest my case!!

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Oriji S O

That is exactly what the hospital need urgently!

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Dr Dorothy Ezeagwuna

May God help the house committee on Health to fulfil their promises. Movement to the perm site is long overdue

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Nwokedi Wilson

This is a long awaited dream, and we pray for the actualization of this dream. May God help all involved to accomplish this objective, IJN..Amen

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Felix Menkiti

Vision is key. Strategic partnership is Paramount to actualizing this. God help us for we are in a strait here

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Ojukwu Ifeoma

I pray their visit brings in good tidings to the hospital eventually. A nice moves.

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Joy umego

I am looking forward to our movement to permanent site soonest. Lets hope this visit will bear much fruit.

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Dr Justina Okoli

This is very apt and divine strategy. Up ou our CMAC. Carry go jor

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Egbuniwe Michel

It’s good they visited the permanent site.. Construction of the link roads to same Permanent should be done ASAP.

Strategic partnership remains the key.

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Egbuniwe Michel

It’s good they visited the permanent site.. Construction of the link roads to same Permanent site should be done ASAP.

Strategic partnership remains the key.

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