Onitsha General Hospital was transformed into a Federal Medical Center on Thursday by the Federal Government.
In Onitsha, Anambra state, the inauguration was conducted by the Minister of State for Health, Ekumankama Nkama, who was acting in place of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
Nkama predicted that the federal government would soon hire more medical professionals as a result of the hospital’s transformation into a federal medical facility.
Nkama praised Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the state governor, for his initiatives in the health sector.
“Henceforth the Federal Government will soon post fresh doctors and other medical personnel for internship and horsemanship to the hospital.”
He charged the staff and management team of the general hospital to brace up for the challenges ahead, adding that to whom much is given is also expected.
In a welcome address on behalf of the Anambra State Government, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike thanked the president Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) for the honour done to the people of the South East states and Anambra in particular, describing the upgrade as a parting gift to Ndigbo.
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, represented by Chief Emengo expressed his profound gratitude to the government of president Buhari for the completion of the Second Niger Bridge project and now the upgrading of the Onitsha General Hospital to a federal government health institution.