By Jude Atupulazi
The Chief Medical Director of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Dr. Joe Akabuike, has disclosed plans of attracting specialist doctors of Anambra origin that will undertake major surgeries in special areas in the hospital.
He made the disclosure while speaking to Fides in an exclusive interview on the master plan which had been developed to boost the activities and growth of the tertiary hospital. He said the specialist doctors who were indigenes of the state had been contributing enormously to the wellbeing of others in different states of the nation, noting that the idea was to tap from the wealth of their knowledge.
He noted that they had put up different projections as a teaching hospital geared at improving the quality of services, standard of the service and number of specialist cases, saying that more structures were needed in order to achieve specialty, which, he said, was where the world was heading to.
He explained that there were many Anambra specialist doctors willing and ready to come home and assist in carrying out some surgeries in their core area of specialty and maintained that structures were needed to be put in place before the doctors could come home to assist in such special surgeries.
In his words, ‘There are so many places. If you see my projection as a teaching hospital, we still need improvement in the quality of services, standard of the service, the number of specialist cases. We need more structures because if you are talking of tertiary hospital, there is what is called specialty and you have sub-specialty, and that is where the world is going.
‘And I know that if this place is properly positioned; particularly structured, there are so many of our people outside that are willing to come home to assist in most of these specialist surgeries. But they can’t come and start building a dialysis centre, if you tell them you have a building, most of them can come on their own; even with their equipment,’ he stated.
Akabuike recalled that such had happened during the administration of Peter Obi as the state governor when the Heart Transplant Unit was put up at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Adazi. He said such special cases did not occur regularly.
‘That is what is happening at Adazi when the government put up the heart transplant unit. Dr. Joseph Nwilo comes from the US with some doctors and such cases are not done on daily basis. They organize and do it. So we are aiming that this place should be a specialist centre in so many things,’ Akabuike said.