House Committee On Health Institutions Pays A Working Visit To Federal Medical Center Umuahia, Hails The Visionary Leadership of The CMD
The house of representatives Chairman on health Institutions, Hon Paschal Chigozie Obi, member representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency and his team, also accompanied by Hon Benjamin Kalu, member representing Bende North Federal Constituency on Wednesday visited the Federal Medical Centre(FMC) Umuahia, Abia state as part of their over sight function.
The house members were taking round the facilities of the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia by the medical director, Dr. Azubuike Onyeabuchi in order to access the functionality of the medical institution.
Hon Chigozie while speaking with pressmen hailed the rare leadership qualities of the Chief Medical director.
In his words, “I express my degree of happiness seeing the vibrancy of this place since my arrival through the gate. I know how the entrance was last year. From the gate, the CMD took us to the accident and emergency unit and then round other wards and down to this place where we have the laboratory.
“We have a young and energetic medical director, a vibrant young man. You can imagine a situation where he has done all these within almost a year. From what we have seen, the man has done very well. We are promising come this year, in the time of budget we are actually going to do some things that will result massively. We have the conviction that the person managing the place is a very prudent minded fellow. We will now device ways to make the funds to run this place available. He has done very well.” Hon Chigozie added.
The house members also held meetings with the staff and union heads of the medical institution which gave the staff the opportunity to state areas where they need intervention of the federal government such as two months pending during their industrial action, the COVID-19 allowance and other discrepancies in staff welfare.
Hon Benjamin Kalu while speaking with the staff said there is a need for an outstation since the hospital takes care of a greater part of the state.
“This is a federal medical center and it takes almost the whole part of the state and also based on the geographical location, for accessibility. People very far will find it very difficult in accessing here, so in other to argument, my idea is that there is need to have outstations.” Hon Benjamin said.
The state of the medical library in the health institution wasn’t encouraging as visible to the visiting rep members.
Hon Kalu noted that there is a need to equip the library to an acceptable standard for further research by the doctors and pharmacists.
Meanwhile, other house members who are also part of the inspection team commended the CMD for his industriousness and peaceful harmony with staff but emphasized that staff of the institution and management should device other means of generating internal revenue to compliment the federal government’s budget in other to contribute to the growth of the health institution and the country in general.