Beatrice Onuchukwu, Awka
University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has disclosed plans to establish a medical research institute in Umuchukwu, Orumba South local government district of Anambra state.
The Provost, College of Medicine of the university, Prof. Uchenna Nwagha, disclosed this to journalists while inspecting the massive medical institution and other projects built in Umuchukwu community by a member of the community Dr. Godwin Maduka who is a US based Director of the Las Vegas Pain Institute.He noted that the medical centre would help to improve Medicare and research among lecturers, students and patients from parts of the country and beyond if completed.
Nwagha said that UNN has sought collaboration with the founder of the medical institution in order to transform the sleepy community into a medical tourist centre in the country.
In his remarks, Maduka said that he was moved to build such facility for medical services in such remote area to ensure that medical experts who would use the facility enjoy quiet environment that will give optimum performance.
Maduka also said that Nigerian history would be re-written positively with the active involvement of medical practitioners in leadership and other positions as they are mechanics of human bodies, most educated and experienced.He urged the medical practitioners to be actively involved in community development, family affair initiatives and other social reformations that would reposition the negative psyche of the people.
He said,“Nigerians has technocrats in all fields of life and all needed is to provide quality tools for the experts to work in this part of the world.‘ I am giving back to society that made me, so that quality Medicare will be enjoyed by low and high and the rush to western world for medical care will be minimally reduced .”Prof. Bond Anyahie, Deputy Provost, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, urged the wealthy citizens in Nigeria and Diaspora to emulate Maduka by investing at home with a view to create good livelihood among our people.
Also speaking, Consultant Orthodontist and Head, Department of Child Dental Health, UNN-Utuku/Ozara campus, Dr. Nkiru Folaranmi expressed optimism that the centre when functional would equally reduce the high rate in which the citizenry travel outside the country for medical treatments
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