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A Faith based Organization under the aegis of “Christian Health Association of Nigeria, CHAN, at the weekend in Umuahia inaugurated the Abia state chapter of the body.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of Rev Father Christian Uche Anokwuru led state Executive of Abia CHAN, Mr Christopher S Amasi, Director of Finance; Christian Faith Association said CHAN is a faith based organization coordinating the body for all church owned hospitals in the country with its head office in Jos, capital of Plateau state and other zonal offices.

He added that CHAN is out to provide health care services to the hinterland and to also carry out capacity building for member church hospitals as well as attract resources for their members.

“We have drug in all our zonal offices where our member church hospitals come to source for their drugs, we do not discriminate but treat everybody whether Christians or Moslems alike.” Mr Amasi said.

He further revealed that CHAN also write off debts of patients who cannot afford to pay adding that they also work with disease control for HIV/ AIDS; partners with World Bank by assisting them store their drugs pointing out that they compliment the efforts of government especially in rural areas to render medical services where the government cannot reach.

CHAN Director of Finance however called on Abia state government to partner with the organization while tasking the newly inaugurated state Exco to strive to live up to expectations.

Speaking at the occasion, Abia State Commissioner for Health, Dr John Ahukanna commended CHAN for its immense contributions to the state government in reaching out to the rural people while expressing the willingness of the state government to partner with the group.

Commissioner for Health who was represented by the Director of information of the ministry, Lady Franca Charles Ekwueme further explained that the state government had done so well in health delivery system by launching so many health programmes.

Ahukanna further commended faith based organizations for what they are doing to give hope to hopeless reaching out to people at their locals.

In his acceptance speech, the newly inaugurated CHAN Chairman,Abia State chapter, Rev.Father Christian Uche Anokwuru expressed optimism that his team will deliver noting that if he cannot do the work he cannot accept the responsibility.

He however expressed surprise that Abia state government do not know about the existence of the body in the state stressing the hope that CHAN would be a house hold in Abia.

The Rev Father who is in charge of Madonna Catholic chaplaincy Chaplency and hospital promised to utilise fund entrusted to their care adding that he already knows the challenges facing the organization and would bring the experience garnered from his own charity organization to bear in his new assignment.

Meanwhile, ReV Father) David Aguneri who is the Administrator of Mata Dei Catholic Church Umuahia administered oath of office to the newly inaugurated CHAN members of Abia state chapter.

He explained that church has gone far in establishing structures to make people have good health.

Father Aguneri posited that Madonna hospital came up as a child of necessity as a result of pathetic story from Compassionate motherless babies home, Ahieke Umuahia belonging to the Sisters of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy, these indigent children had cholera outbreak and when they were rushed to Federal Medical center, Umuahia some of the children died because the Sister had not enough money to pay deposits and as a result of carelessness and unconcerned attitude of the medical personnel in FMC.

He revealed that the situation pained the Bishop so much that he immediately started to proffer solutions so that nothing of such will happen again; not only to the motherless but also to the teeming population of Catholics and Abians who may be suffering the same fate from government and private owned medical outfits.

This however led to the establishment of Madonna hospital.

The Rev Father therefore called on the state government to look into taxation imposed to church owned hospitals with a view to give them tax free holiday since they are not established to make profit unlike the privately owned ones.

Meanwhile, the event featured contributions from member church hospitals that articulated problems affecting the individual church hospitals ideas were shared and the way forward proffered.

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