FG renames FETHA to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.

By Mbam Ogodo, Abakaliki
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Federal government of Nigeria has officially approved the renaming of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki with immidiate effect.

The official change of name of the Institution was made known to pressmen during the sitting of the Governing Board of the hospital in Abakaliki .

Briefing journalists shortly after the meeting ,Chairman of the board Alhaji (DR) Tijjani Ramalan explained that the change of name of the hospital would attract infrastructural development from Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and manpower capacity building of staff by Petroleum Technology Development Fund PTDF.

His words: "it's my pleasure to announce to the good people of Ebonyi state that the Federal Ministry of Health has approved the request by the Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu - Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi state to have the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) as it's teaching Hospital.

"The Ministry has approved the change of name of this hospital to Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital with immediate effect.

"This development is a blessing from God the Almighty as a lot of benefits will come to the hospital in the area of funding infrastructural development by TETFUND and manpower capacity of staff by the PTDF".

Dr Ramalan used the opportunity to analyze the achievements of the board since inauguration in March 2018 to include completion of several infrastructural development in the hospital, purchase and installation of a 5000KVA generating set, purchase and installation of Echo scan, Blood Gas Analyzer, Embedding Mechine and so on.

The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital Dr Emeka Onwe Ogah commended the federal government. He said " it is an upliftment ,it is an elevation of the hospital with pure teaching status. With this, the hospital is now well equipped to carry out its mandates as a teaching hospital".