The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia is among four hospitals in the country slated for upgrade to teaching hospital before the end of this year.
The chairman, Board of Management of the FMC, Umuahia, Sen. John Damboyi disclosed this during a courtesy call on Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government House, Umuahia.
According to him, a team from the federal Ministry of Health had inspected the hospital and made the pronouncement.
He said their visit to the Governor was to inform him of their determination to transform the FMC Umuahia and solicit his support towards the realization of the dream.
Sen Damboyi explained that the board has come up with the ‘Friends of FMC Umuahia initiative to be chaired by Governor Ikpeazu to ensure that the right structure is put in place to ensure the realization of the project.
He commended the Abia State Governor for his contribution towards the kidney transplant unit of the FMC, Umuahia as well as other novel interventions in the health sector of the state.
In his speech, the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu said his administration has a vision to deepen universal health coverage for all citizens of the state.
He said that he does not see the FMC, Umuahia as a federal outfit but part of the state.
“FMC is FMC by nomenclature. We do not see it as a federal hospital but we see it as our own hospital. We also own it. There is no federal citizen”, he explained.
He promised to do everything to ensure that the FMC is upgraded to a teaching hospital soon.
“I’m happy with your approach. It is a welcome strategy to allow beneficiaries of infrastructure to part own it”, he said.