Minister of Health, Engineer Fidelis Nwankwo has been elated by the transformation going on at Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia.
Nwankwo during a one day visit to the hospital commended the management and staff and urged them to sustain the development to make the hospital a one stop destination for health services in the country.
The minister, while addressing the senior staff and management urged them to encourage staff to specialise in their areas of interest and particularly focus on referrals, since it is a tertiary hospital.
He disclosed that the federal government would soon convene a forum for all its medical centres to formulate a policy that would project a common objective for all tertiary health institutions towards excellence.
He added that government was aware of the good work they were doing despite the constraint of funding.
Medical director of the centre, Dr. Chuku Abali said it was encouraging that the minister chose to visit FMC Umuahia first after assuming duties.
According to Abali, FMC Umuahia has the best care unit for diabetes and is the only one with Customer-Care Unit in the country, even as it upholds what he called “Patients’ Rights.”
“The hospital,” he further said, “had undergone some metamorphosis from its pre-independence days as a mission hospital to general hospital and now a federal medical centre even as it has started training of doctors.
Abali said that so far, the hospital had trained about 45 senior registrars with seven of them now Consultants with a view to upgrading to a full teaching hospital.
He said the process had been set in motion with expectation to collaborate with the nearby federal government owned Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

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