By Stanley Okehie
Medical City Hospital has been commissioned for business in Owerri, Imo State capital.
The chairman of the hospital with state-of-the-arts facilities, Dr. Chima Oleru said the hospital will breach the gap in medicine between what is obtainable in Nigeria and outside the shores of the country.
The American-trained Nephrologist said that his aim of setting up the hospital was to bring the experience he had gained from 23 years of practice overseas and improve the quality of healthcare of Nigerians and also improve the knowledge of younger doctors.
According to Dr. Oleru, the well-built hospital is a multi-specialty one that can boast of Accident and Emergency Unit that handles all types of cases, Kidney Treatment Center, New Baby Intensive Care Unit, Eye Clinic, General Medicine and Surgery, Maternity and 24/7 Laboratory Services among others.
The hospital has facilities like Echocardiogram, digital x-ray machine, Ultrasound scan, Dialysis Machine and some others yet to be installed, Oleru added.
The Medical practitioner informed that 65 staff are working in the hospital with an array of well-trained registered nurses and best Specialist doctors/consultants.
Oleru who had in the past eight years been offering free medical outreach for the people of his Egbu community with each gulping not less than 5million naira, said his dream was to make the hospital the best in the world.
The acting Medical Director, Dr. Johnbosco Iwuagwu in an interview, said the standard of the hospital would discourage those who may want to seek medical attention outside Nigeria, assuring that the hospital has everything one can find in a standard medical hospital.
“Here is relatively cheap, accessible and virtually anything you need to get from any other place outside Nigeria, you can get here”, Iwuagwu assured.
Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Imo State, Geoffrey Okorafor commissioned the mega-hospital, weekend in the presence of former Governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, SA on Health, Dr. Mrs. Okereke Macillina among other dignitaries.