The Chief Medical Director, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Amaku , Dr. Joe Akabuike had a around table briefing with the Press on Tuesday 24th May, 2022 to debunk the malicious publication against the institution .
As the Chief Medal Director whose sole duty is to oversee the day to day running of the Hospital. He emphasise that the increasing cost of managing the Hospital, drugs and other goods due to over 200% rise in cost and the increasing difficult for patients to pay for goods and services has always remained a great challenge thereby engaging NGO and 5.2million has been donated by Philanthropic individuals, 3.2milion donated by group of Club members who have continually helped them to offset the bills of indigent patients.
The Chief Medical Director who has always created harmonious relationship with the Board members, the Management team, the entire Hospital Community thereby breaching the gap between Doctors and Nurses.
Within one year in the office, Dr. Akabuike has contributed immensely to the growth of the Health Institution to live up to its expectations. Such as the commissioning of the new complex, he introduce SERVICOM, for effective service delivery to patient, accredited various Departments.
He Improved the working environment of the Hospital through re-activating street lights, Built and equipped a dialysis unit, Constructed and equipped Consultants Lounge, Procured power generating set for the private ward/dialysis center.
Also Completed and commissioned Mother and Child referral Center (which was abandoned earlier),
Renovation of Mortuary/Management reforms, Started minimal Laparoscope and Surgery, Renovated Children’s Emergency and Paediatrics ward , Procured 3D ultra sound machine .
In School of Nursing, Nkpor he restored accreditation status of the school of Nursing and Midwifery then elevated to College of Nursing, Repainted the entire school, Procured 100 beds and sitting forms for students, Procured new set of modern seat for 200 capacity auditorium complex, Provide 300 single seats for students and a lot more .
Speaking Further, Dr Joe frowned at the attitude of those Malicious, defamation and false publication of THISDAY newspaper on Wednesday, 18th May 2022 .
In his words, “ I am not the problem of Amaku , but the reforms being introduced has triggered agitations. Amaku Teaching Hospital has a Governing Board which directs the affairs of the Hospital not me, as those published against the institutions are not true . CMD does not determine the salary of workers, the security vote approved by the Government for the CMD has remained unchanged. And there was a need to engage a Pharmacist at Director level to Supervise the Intern Pharmacist since the HOD did not have the necessary qualifications.
The area of Feeding the Patients, taking over in 2021 as the CMD there were several complaints of poor quality and quantity of food given to patients, the then vendor who feeds the patients at 400 naira per meal dropped the contract over the cost of food stuff . He reach out to the new Food vendor who came on board( Ofiaku Canteen) and subsidized his meal from 1,500naira to sell 700naira per meal to the patients which is still applicable till date .
In conclusion, Dr. Joe Akabuike acknowledged the presence of the entire Press and for honoring his invitation. He pleaded with the Government of Anambra State for more assistance towards the running affairs of the Teaching Hospital for better deliverables.
Daily News Reporters