- urges hospital staff to render service of excellence
By Ononye VC
It was a joyous occasion as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,most Rev Valerian Okeke commissioned a magnificent multi-million Naira ultramodern specialist hospital erected by the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) at Nkpor near Onitsha on Tuesday April 11,2023.
The Archbishop who concelebrated a mass with the Bishop of Orlu diocese,most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma,the Bishop of Aguleri diocese most Rev Denis Isizoh and a host of other priests commissioned the massive hospital complex with 15 different buildings equipped with state of the art gadgets that meet international standards.
Dignitaries like the Anambra State governor,Prof Chukwuma Soludo(represented),the Labour Party Presidential candidate ex- governor Peter Obi,the state Commissioner for health Dr Afam Obidike,the chairman of the occasion Dr ABC Orjiakor,the traditional ruler of Nkpor and members of his cabinet,people from various walks of life and members of various religious congregations graced the occasion.
In his homily, the Archbishop anchored his message on the need for the hospital management and staff to render service of excellence,empathy and sympathy to the patients.According to the Archbishop,excellence should be a life style and something of value and joy.
“The way you attend to patients matter a lot.Listening to the patient with empathy is very important in the process of healing”. According to the Archbishop,anyone who beats,or harasses a patient is not fit for a hospital work.
He commended the Superior General of Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Mother General Mary Claude Oguh and her management team for successfully executing and completing the hospital project adding that the hospital will make progress if it meets the expectation of the people.He spoke eloquently on the commitment and achievements of Mother Oguh since her leadership as the Superior General.
In her address,the Superior General of Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM),Mother General Mary Claude Oguh while welcoming the guests said it was an occasion of thanksgiving to God for His marvelous works.She expressed gratitude to Archbishop Valerian Okeke for his fatherly role to the Congregation and his esteemed presence on the occasion to commission the project.
Others who spoke and commended the IHM sisters for the project include ex-governor Peter Obi,Dr ABC Orjiakor who was the chairman on the occasion among others.
The Chief Executive officer (CEO)of the hospital,Sr Nkiruka Okafor in a remark,said the hospital project was part of promotion of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
The fully functional sections of the hospital are,the eye centre,X-ray Centre, C T Scan and mammogram.
Others are,the Accident and Emergency,maternity,the pharmacy and the general out patient department.
Highlight on the occasion was presentation of awards of excellence to the Archbishop,ex-governor Peter Obi,Dr ABC Orjiakor and many other guests and staff of the hospital.