By Emma Onumah
Sequel to the return of the Ogwa General Hospital in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State to the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, recently, a special committee has been set up to organise for an immediate take-off of the hospital, which went out of function during the immediate past administration in Imo State.
The Committee, which has Dr. (Sir) Benjamin Azubuike, a Consultant Physician, as its Chairman, also comprises of many other specialist doctors, in different fields of medicine, technocrats and Clergymen including the Clerical Synod Secretary of the Diocese, Venerable Chike Samuelson.
Announcing this at an Emergency Board Meeting of the Diocese, held at the hospital premises, last Wednesday, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Chinekezi Oparah Ph.D JP, explained he purposely scheduled the emergency meeting at the hospital premises so that the Board members could have an on-the-spot inspection of the facilities on ground, and be in a better position to appreciate the enormity of work needed to be done in the hospital, including security of the premises, before it can take off in earnest.
Bishop Oparah, who expressed gratitude for an encouraging turn-out of the Board members, despite the short notice of the meeting, distance, and weather condition of the day, used the occasion to call on friends and well-meaning faithful of the Diocese, Imo State, and beyond, to come to their help, by providing some of the urgently needed facilities and items for the takeoff of the hospital.
These include – perimeter fencing of the premises, construction of a befitting security gate, renovation work on the existing male and female wards, installation of an up-to- date laboratory and theatre equipment etc, adding that, all hands should be on deck to realise these promptly.
The Prelate also used the occasion to” announce the intention of the Diocese, to establish a School of Nursing within the hospital, in the course of time.
A representative of Ogwa Unity Forum, which constructed the existing doctors’ quarters in the hospital, and the Personal Assistant to the Honourable Member, representing Mbaitoli in the Imo State House of Assembly, Barr Okey Onyekanma, both promised to do something to assist in the effective upkeep of the hospital, to a reasonable standard.
Engr. (Sir) Baldwin Onozie, who headed the Committee, assigned for the completion of the retirement house of the erstwhile Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D, confirmed that the house has since been completed and dedicated on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 by the incumbent Bishop, and handed over the retirement house to his predecessor.
In another report, Rev. Gospel Iwuoha, one of the Youth’s Chaplains, thanked the Bishop, his Lordship Bishop Oparah, for introducing the ongoing Diocesan Youths Football Match Competition, and noted that, the grand finale of the competition has been scheduled to hold on 3rd August, 2019, during the period of this year’s Diocesan Youth Conference.
Earlier in a brief admonition, the Archdeacon in charge, Alaenyi-Ogwa Archdeaconry, Venerable Chimezie Onyenuma, urged Christians to endeavor to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to be effective witnesses of Christ.
The Archdeacon, who took his text from Acts 1:6-8, described as paramount, the need to witness for Jesus, adding that, the submission to the power and dictates of the Holy Spirit, at all times, is a sure way to make heaven.
Venerable Onyenuma, who is also the Secretary of the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship (ACCF) Diocesan Planning Committee, used the occasion to restate that this year’s ACFF Conference would hold with effect from Thursday, 27th to 301th June, 2019 at St. Stephen’s (Ang.) Church, Orji
According to him, delegates are expected to wear the AAMA uniform on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June, and to put on the ACFF uniform on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June, 2019.