BREAKING NEWS; IYIENU MISSION HOSPITAL – A BOOST TO NIGERIA’S MEDICAL TOURISM… From Hon. Barr. Ifeatu Obiokoye Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters..

Nigerians of all walks of life, will on Saturday 21st April 2018 converge
at Ogidi Idemili North precisely Iyienu Mission Hospital for an event that
will take Nigeria Medical Tourism to the next level. Nigeria and Anambra
State holders are coming for the launching of an ultra modern MRI machine,
a world class Medicare set up for the Iyienu Mission Hospital to mark its
110yrs of existence as a centre of medical excellence. The event which has
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State as the Chief Guest of Honour will
also feature the Inauguration of the Iyienu Ambassadors Forum, Comprising
all those born at Iyienu Mission Hospital and Iyienu Alumni Forum for all
the Alumni of Iyienu Schools of nursing and Midwifery.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu is the special guest of
Honour for this great event while guests of honour include former Governor
Peter Obi, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Delta State, Chief Dr. Sir. Emma Bishop
Okonkwo, Prince Engineer Arthur Eze, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of
Onitsha and Senator Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment.
Others storming Iyienu Mission Hospital described as the medical hope of
the south east are senator Andy Uba, senator Victor Umeh, Hon. Obinna
Chidoka, member Federal House of Reps, Chief Dr. Ernest Azudialu,
(Obijackson) and Chief Dr. Sir. G.U Okeke (ONWA)
Chairman on the occasion which segments started last Monday with road shows
Free Medicare services, SYMPOSIUM and Novelty match is Chief Osita Chidoka,
while Igwe Alex Onyido of Ogidi is the Royal Father of the day. The man who
anchored the establishment of a world class diagnostic and Dialysis centre
at the Hospital, Chief Emeka Anyoku former Common Wealth Secretary General
will deliver the keynote address with a backup from Dr. Tim Menakaya,
former Health minister. The Saturday 21st April event at Iyienu is no doubt
a special package offered to the people of South East by Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen
Nwokolo Bishop on the Niger.
Established in 1907 as the oldest hospital east of the Niger, the Iyienu
Mission Hospital in Idemili North has recorded an unprecedented growth and
transformation over time and has more or less become Nigeria’s flagship for
medical excellence. By the strategic central location of the hospital
Iyienu Mission Hospital makes both primary and secondary health care
services accessible and affordable to the people of Anambra state
especially those within Onitsha zone. The vision of the founding fathers of
the hospital which was summed up in their motto: “To preach and to heal” is
being realized through the zeal and unflinching commitment of Mission –
diocese on the Niger to make the hospitals the best in Nigeria. Run on the
wheels of Christian principles which focus on excellence in healing,
research and teaching the hospital has overtime attracted the attention of
the government and other stake holders. The shell Nigeria exploration and
production company (SNEPCO) in partnership with Nigeria National petroleum
Company (NNPC) some year’s ago spent over N300milion on projects and
procurement of ultra modern hospital equipment at Iyi-Enu Mission hospital
Ogidi. These 21st century hospital equipment now functioning at Iyi-Enu
include multi dimensional kidney analysis and breast screening centers, the
1st of its kind in the state. According to the managing director of the
shell petroleum, who spoke during the commissioning of the center the
choice of Iyi-Enu mission Hospital for assistance was based on its record
as one of the oldest in the south east and commitment of the management in
rendering health care delivery. Cancer patients in this part of the world
now find great relief by visiting the hospital for proper screening, while
those with kidney problems get due attention in the hospitals, Kidney
dialysis centre. This mission hospital which had not recorded any known
industrial dispute since inception speaks volumes of the Diocese on the
Niger- owners of the hospital. Medical tourism in south East recorded a big
boost, when the Emeka Anyoku Diagnostic and dialysis center was
commissioned in the Iyi-Enu Mission Hospital by former Governor Peter Obi,
who was also born in the hospital. The center is the pet project of Chief
Anyaoku who also raised over (N100million) towards establishing it at the
hospital, his birthplace some years ago. The hospital has now become the
pride of the people of South East. This was why former Governor Obi at the
commissioning of the Emeka Anyaoku Dialysis center announced over half a
billion naira in the revitalization the level of transformation at Iyi-Enu.
Today the Iyienu Mission hospital is setting a pace in Medicare,
functioning with 5 advanced dialysis machines with efficient renal care at
low cost. It has good working clinic days with their consultant
nephrologists.
Being a first class hospital in the South East, dedicated machines for RVD
and other reactive patients are available. The canners in use at the
hospital are so digitized that it detects anomalies from three different
areas in the body.
The center takes charge of the diseases of the lung, abdomen and kidney,
even the machines are used for studying the diseases of the bones. Some of
the machines sighted at the hospital dialysis center which are equivalent
to what you find in best hospitals overseas including X-ray clips, CT SCAN,
CT Imaginary, even there is a Mammography first of its kind in this part of
the world. Also available in this center of medical excellence are ultra
sound cardiographs, Digitizer, Echo-cardiograph, ECG to mention but a few.
It is a one stop Dialysis center with affordable charges according to a
doctor in the Radiology Department.
Anambra stakeholders see the Iyi-Enu project as an example of what can
happen when the government, missions and private individual work in concert
for the common good. They believe that a well equipped, well managed and
well funded and functional hospital like Iyienu would go a long way in
cutting down the costs of Nigeria’s medical tourism that was bilking some
billions of naira from Nigeria annually. Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Dr.
Owen Nwokolo is of the view that support for Iyienu represents the
classical case of best practices and evidence – based positive return on
investment. That’s why the former commonwealth secretary General Chief
Emeka Anyaoku wants Nigerians and indeed Anambra stakeholders to be at
Iyienu coming Saturday and to access the facilities at the hospital to
upgrade their health status.
By
SIR. OSELLOKA OFFOH
Director Communications
Diocese on the Niger