Rotary Club Ikenegbu renovates St. Christopher Atta, donates medical equipment

St. Christopher Hospital Atta, a premier health-care institution in the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, is now a centre of attraction, courtesy, Rotary International, District 9142 Ikenegbu, in partnership with the LDS Charities.
Just last weekend, parishioners, friends and well wishers of Ikeduru Diocese gathered in their thousands to witness the commissioning ceremony of the medical oufit in which drugs and hospital equipment worth millions of naira were donated, in addition to extensive renovations to meet modern standard by the two charity organizations.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony the bishop of the Diocese, the Rt Rev Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP, expressed his profound gratitude to the Rotary Internatioal, District 9142 Ikenegbu Owerri, and their partners, the LDS Charities for their works of charity.
The Bishop who said that the hospital had been in existence since the colonial era enjoined all to see the development as an opportunity that could be grasped with both hands.
He noted that for long Rotary had been known for giving succour and life line to the needy, and the less-privileged members of the society and prayed God to continue to strengthen them.
The prelate specifically thanked the president of D.9142 Ikenegbu, Lady Chioma  Nwolisa and the LDS charities for putting smiles on the faces of his parishioners and prayed that God would reward them abundantly, adding that giving does not make any  person poor, but rather opens the door of blessings. He described giving as a part of worship.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the medical Director of the hospital, Dr David Iwuagwu, had thanked the Rotary International and the LDS Charities for their magnanimity and cherished compassion.
He also gave a brief history of the hospital, dating back to the colorial era. He listed some of the problems of the hospital to include, shortage of medical equipment, especially, a standby generating set which he said had often effected operational efficiency.
Dr Iwuagwu however, said that with the present lifeline, the hospital has now been renovated, repackaged and restrategised for effective health-care delivery which is centred on life saving.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of the area, H.R.H, Eze Geo Anika thanked the two Charity Organisations for their act of charity and compassion and enjoined his subjects to make maximum use of the renovated medical outfit.
In a brief address before the official commissioning, the president of D.9142 Ikenegbu, Lady Chioma Nwolisa had described Rotary International as a world-wide charity organization that was founded to touch life, especially the poor and needy, hence it works in tandem with other charity organizations.
She said that the need to touch lives and alleviate the sufferings of the masses motivated her organization to embark on charity outreach.
Lady Nwolisa said that apart from her organization’s numerous empowerment programmes designed to give succor to the jobless, especially the youths, they have visited hundreds of prison inmates where they counseled and shared with them.
The D.9142 president who fielded questions from the press after the event said that their source of fund to carry out charity works is from donor agencies, and members of the organization.
The leader of the LDS charities, Mr. Moses Nwabunwune said that LDS Charities is an arm of church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which is given to works of charity in obedience to the command of Our Lord to bear one another’s burden.
The renovated hospital was later commissioned by Dr. Emma Udeh Akpeh, District Governor of Rotary International South-East Zone.
Some of the donated equipment included; wheel chair, Blood Bank, Hospital beds, wheeling troller and centrifude.
The highpoint of the event was free  medical treatment to all.