Given the state-of-the-art facilities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri as well as the support services the centre renders to other medical institutions, the institution deserves to be elevated to the status of a teaching hospital.
This verdict was given by the Medical Director of FMC, Owerri, Dr (Mrs) Angela Uwakwem recently during a tour of the hospital by the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Ben Uwajumogu, in the company of other law makers.
Dr Uwakwem, however, observed that accommodation problems could constitute the hindrance towards FMC Owerri attaining the enviable status as the hospital has exhausted the available space it has for expansion.
The medical director then requested the speaker to use his good offices to facilitate the acquisition of more land acrossNworieRiverfor the hospital’s expansion.
She disclosed that FMC, Owerri from time to time offers clinical exposures to medical students of Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH) as well as to schools of nursing in the state FMC, she said, also makes available its facilities to medical institutions which do not have such facilities as incubators for premature babies.
Dr Uwakwem described the legislators’ visit as timely as it emphasized the fact that there was no difference between federal and state institutions as they are made essentially to serve citizens of the state.
In response, the Speaker, Hon Uwajumogu advised the hospital authorities on constructing high-rise structures to overcome the accommodation problems as he assured that the state government would partner with the hospital for better health services to the people of the state which, he said, informed government’s decision position to build modern hospitals in the 27 local governments of the state.