CHIEF Medical Director, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, Basil Nwankwo, has expressed happiness over the equipment donated to the Physiotherapy Department of the hospital by Rotary International, District 9142, Nigeria.
The CMD disclosed that in the course of the visit, they appealed to Indian doctors to assist in upgrading the physiotherapy department of the hospital and they obliged.
He assured that the hospital will put the equipment which includes; Infrared lamps, portable stimulator, staircase for ambulation, recumbent bicycle, ultrasound, wall bar and reciprocal pulley to good use, while appealing for more assistance.
“I want to thank Rotary for this donation. No one can quantify, what Rotary has done for this hospital and we remain ever grateful. You’ll recall that last year, they brought a team of medical doctors from India and provided free treatment to over 500 patients in this hospital at no cost to the beneficiaries.”
He used the opportunity to state that in the past 20 months, the hospital has attracted projects worth over N2 billion, including upgrade of its medical lab to a mega lab, thus making it the best in the south-east.
District Governor, Rotary, District 9142, Sam Uko, represented by Assistant Governor, Zone 8, Dennis Ekemezie, noted that the donation is in line with Rotary International’s core values of serving humanity.
We plead that these equipment are put to good use. They should be utilised maximally for the benefit of those who need them.”
Speaking also, Pioneer District Governor, Rotary District 9142, Emman Ude Akpeh, who supervised the handover, noted that Rotary, though an international organisation, acts locally. “We believe in adding value.
Let me remind us that in 2018, Rotary District 9142 and 9125 Nigeria went into partnership with Rotary District 3170 India and that partnership led to a team of doctors coming to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital where they spent 12 days, carrying out surgeries and treatments at no cost to ndi Anambra and those outside Anambra.”
Dr. Emman added that the visit of the Indian doctors led to a needs assessment where it was discovered that the physiotherapy department of the hospital lacks some basic equipment.
“It is for this reason that they sent this equipment for the physiotherapy department. Our partnership also involves a vocational training exchange for 36 months. This will see some doctors from COOU Teaching Hospital travel to India to improve their knowledge. It is a sign that anywhere Rotary goes, good things goes”.
Highlight of the event was presentation of the equipment proper by Dr. Ekemezie to Dr. Nwankwo and explanation of functions of the equipment by Head of Physiotherapy Department, Ogenna Offodile.