From Angela Nwaeze Abakaliki
The federal ministry of health has announced the immediate change of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) and should be addressed as Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital.
The board Chairman of the hospital, Alhaji Ahmed Ramalan, broke the news to newsmen on Wednesday April 3, in Abakaliki during a press conference.
Noting that the request for the renaming of the hospital was made by the University and the Federal Ministry of Health approved of it.
He said the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, gave the approval on behalf of the government, stating that it was necessary for the board to brief Ebonyians and the public on the new development.
He reiterated that the board had achieved a lot in ensuring that the hospital is made a befitting place for accessing quality health care delivery.
Adding: “We hope that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will unveil the hospital’s new logo when he visits before the May 29 swearing-in of elected leaders in the country.
“This is a big achievement in the “next level” mantra of the present administration and it is hoped that the renaming will make the hospital attain greater heights.”
“The university requested to have FETHA as its teaching hospital as the development will bring lots of benefits to it.
“It will receive funding of infrastructural development from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and manpower capacity building of staff from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).”
“We have recorded successes within the period which include; completion of the construction and furnishing of a 500-seater auditorium and that of a lecture hall.
“The medical ward complex has undergone 70 per cent completion while we have completed the renovation of the Resident Doctors’ quarters.
“We have purchased and installed a 5000 KVA generating set and an Echo scan, blood gas analyzer, embedding machine, among others.”
On his part, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr Emeka Ogah of the hospital, noted that the renaming has elevated the hospital to a teaching hospital status.