18 Feb


The Federal Government has intervened in the ecological challenges of flood and gully erosion menace in the Alex Ekweme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.


The project which was one of the eleven (11) Federal Governments’ ecological interventional projects for the 3rd quarter of 2018 has brought a huge relief to the teaching hospital which had for a very long time been stressed by these ecological challenges.


Speaking during the commissioning of the project, the special guest of honour, President Muhammed Buhari represented by Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology stated that no part of the country would suffer any neglect due to its geographical location. He implored the teaching hospital and its environs to cherish the laudable project by preventing indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drainage channels.


Earlier in her welcome speech, the Permanent Secretary Ecological Fund Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal said that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention forwarded to the Ecological Fund Office by the Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital Dr. Emeka Ogah in order to arrest the continuous flooding and erosion menace; and to avoid further environmental degradation, loss of lives and properties within the community and its environs.


The Permanent Secretary, who attributed the timely completion of the project to the hardwork of the consultant and the contractor, thanked the duo for keeping to the schedule of the project.


In his reaction, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital Dr. Emeka Ogah recounted the ordeal both staff and patients passed through before the intervention of the Federal government. He thanked the president for coming to the aid of the hospital. Dr. Ogah lamented on the lack of some basic medical equipment like MRI and CT Scan machines and solicited for individual and group assistance for the hospital to acquire these equipment.


The ceremony was attended by dignitaries cutting across government and political class including the former governor of the state, Chief Martins Elechi.

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (3rd left) and other government officials at Alex Ekweme University Teaching Hospital

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