PRIMATE, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has dedicated ‘Lady Alice Chiebonam Ozumba Ultra-modern Maternity Complex’, Iyienu Mission Hospital(IMH), Ogidi, Anambra State.
Also, the Immediate –Past Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Benjamin Ozumba of whom the maternity complex was named after his late mother requested government to upgrade IMH to a teaching hospital.
Dedicating the maternity complex, Primate Okoh prayed that God protect the children from conception to delivery and their mothers; direct the hospital staff to be discharging their duties in love and diligence.
The prelate also charged Christian leaders and the laity to take heed to themselves and ensure that the enemies of the church were not allowed to destroy the church.
“I want to register our appreciation to Prof Ozumba for being grateful to God. It is not every person that can be grateful to God because people are always looking for more.
“I also thank Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo and his wife, Elsie for the vision exhibited in running Iyienu Mission Hospital and inviting me for this dedication.
“Take heed to thyself. The Satan in us is 80 per cent while 20 per cent is from outside. If you overcome the 80 per cent, you have won. Stop tribalism and nepotism, it is worse than Corona virus.
“Stand firm against the enemies of the church and false teachers. Some ere wooing us to embrace gay marriage and transgender, if we embrace that evil, there will not be need for maternities.
Moreover, Rt. Rev. Nwokolo in the spirit of the maternity complex dedication and the Primate’s visit announced that outstanding hospital bills of some needy patients had been paid by some individuals and parishes.
Earlier in his address, Chairman, Hospital Management Board, Sir. Ikechukwu Ejelue said that the IMH was started in 1890 by Bishop Ajayi Crowther and had its first maternity block in 1931.
“After 89 years of the dream to build an ultra-modern maternity complex became a reality after a donation of N10milion was received by Prof. Ozumba in memory of his late mother.
“Although this structure gulped down over N45million, we still solicit for funds to further ensure the efficient functioning of this facility. We need set-up of the O&G theater room, generator and solar paneled inverter”, said Ejelue.
However, Prof. Ozumba said that it was his gratefulness to God; and for his mother and himself being born at IMH that motivated him to assist in funding the project.
“ Given the historical position and quality of secondary and tertiary healthcare services rendered at IMH I call on state and federal government to upgrade here to a teaching hospital”, said Ozumba.
The Hospital Administrator, Rev. Tochukwu Okwuchukwu said that IMH helps the Federal Ministry of Health in curbing maternal and child mortality by procuring standard facilities that ensure safe delivery.
In his vote of thanks, Hospital Secretary, Nonso Anene thanked the entire Anglican Communion, donor and hospital management for contributing in making the dedication a success pronouncing free delivery for within 12 hours of dedication day.
Meanwhile, Head of Clinical Services, Dr. Henry Obidinma assured the public that with the continued support of Bishop, Nwokolo and hospital management, IMH clinical staff would do their best in delivering professional services in the fear of God
Highlights of the event include unveiling of the marble, inspection/dedication of Labour room, ANC, PNW, Private ward, building complex, cultural dance by School of Basic Midwifery, presentation of gifts.