By Amarachukwu Okpunobi
… Gains International Sponsorship
The Awka Diocesan owned medical centre, Regina Caeli Specialist Hospital, Awka, Anambra State, April 30, commissioned her newly built ultra-modern health equipment in her Intensive Care Unit, (ICU) and Dental Clinic procured through the assistance of international parishes and Sinfonia Foundation Group in Switzerland.
The commissioning was done by the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor.
During the ceremony, the Bishop expressed gratitude on behalf of the Diocese to those who sponsored the projects. The procurement of the twenty-five thousand US Dollars (about N14.5 million) worth of equipment at the ICU was sponsored by the Sinfonia Foundation Group in Switzerland.
He thanked Rev. Fr Godwin Ukatu, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Awka working in the Diocese of Basel, Switzerland, through whose instrumentality and liaison with Sir Jean-Luv, the Sinfonia donation was realized.
Similarly, the prelate thanked the parishioners of the parishes in Frauenstein, Kaernten, Austria, whose donations led to the renovation and provision of the latest dental equipment at the Dental Clinic. He used the occasion to thank Rev. Fr Charles Ogbunambala, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, who currently works in the Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt, Austria, who organized his parishioners towards making their generous contributions. The Bishop said their donation would help the poor to access quality healthcare in the hospital.
The Bishop used the occasion to also bless a newly refurbished Chapel of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the hospital, as well as a private ward renovated by the Awka Diocesan Catholic Priests Fraternity, ACDPF, under the leadership of Very Rev. Fr Peter Val Uzoezie.
The Bishop also thanked the hospital Board, Management and staff for their dedication to duty, stressing that what they were doing had greatly uplifted the quality of care and service to the sick. He prayed for the sick and imparted God’s blessings on all.
Expressing his unalloyed gratitude to all those instrumental for the face lift in the ICU, Dental Clinic, private ward and Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, the Manager of the hospital, Rev Fr Innocent Affusim, attributed the growth of the hospital to the concerted efforts of all, even as he assured that the hospital would always keep her watch word of delivering effective and efficient care to her clients and patients.
In a special way he thanked the Assistant Manager, Rev Fr David Okonkwo, and Rev Fr Emmanuel Nwakasi, whom he described as remaining a strong support system to him and also the board and all the members of staff for their effective contributions to the hospital.