NMA wants Umahi to build teaching hospital in Ebonyi
By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Ebonyi State Chapter has urged the Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, to commence the construction of a new teaching hospital for the state.
The union said the call became necessary because the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, FETHA, is working beyond capacity; adding that part of the hospital was originally the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, before it was handed over to the federal government by the Martin Elechi government.
The NMA in a congratulatory message to the governor on his re-election signed by the State Chairman, John Egede; and Secretary, Chukwuemeka Nwoye; said there was the need for the governor to also complete the ongoing rehabilitation of the general hospitals.
“We strongly hope that within your second tenure in office, a new teaching hospital will come to being as the existing one is gradually becoming overused, since it is the only tertiary /referral health institution within the state. We also believe that our general hospitals will become fully operational and functional to enormously tackle the health needs of the masses”.
The Association described the governor’s re-election as a reward for excellence and hardwork.
“We believe that within your second tenure, your numerous life changing projects in the health sector will be completed and put to use. The NMA is pleased to note that Ebonyi is increasingly becoming the yardstick for giant developmental strides for many states in the country. We firmly believe that our state will continue to develop dynamic, mutually beneficial programmes and projects and that the joint initiative in the fields of health, security, economy, agriculture and science will be strengthened in your second tenure in office”, NMA said.