By Victor Alison
The Interim Management Committee set up by the federal government to return the Federal Medical Centre (F.M.C), Owerri to normalcy, has accomplished its objective within the six months deadline.
The Interim Medical Director of F.M.C. Prof. Ndu Eke, made the declaration while briefing journalists at the hospital recently.
He said the committee came on board when the hospital was shut down for months with filthy environment prompting his team to embark on a clean-up exercise to ensure a clean environment.
Prof. Eke said the I.M.C. immediately met with the heads of the various departments and the staff, assuring them that they would get whatever were due to them.
The Interim Medical Director further disclosed that a staff forum had been set up where the staff are given the opportunity to express their views and make contributions on all issues bothering them, adding that arrangements have been completed for the promotion of all eligible staff.
Prof. Ndu stated that his committee took a bold step to restore electricity to the hospital but lamented that the Eastern Electricity Distribution Company (E.E.D.C.) had cut off power supply from the hospital.
He contended that no matter the amount of electricity bill owned by the hospital, it should not be cut off owing to the sensitive nature of its operations as he disclosed that the institution spends much on power for its services.
Prof. Eke claimed that F.M.C., Owerri charges the lowest for treatment compared with other hospitals in its category while they refer cases to other centres only where they are unable to render such services.
He then used the medium to refute some media reports on the hospital, stressing that the hospital remains peaceful with no problems whatsoever.
Other members of the committee at the briefing were; Dr Okonta Kelechi (Head of Clinical Services), Mr. Ayo Olagunju (Head of Administration) Pharm. Abdul Msheliza (Head of Pharmacy), Dr Bridget Akin – Otiko (Head of Nursing Services), Mr Michael Okeke (Head of Accounts), Mr Charles Ibezimako, Barr. Ekwugha Emmanuel and Mr. Donald Lawan Umar.