The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the renaming of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) to Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital.
Alhaji Ahmed Ramalan, Chairman of the hospital’s board, made this known to journalists on Wednesday in Abakaliki at a press conference. He stated that the renaming was with immediate effect.
Alhaji Ramalan said Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, gave the approval on behalf of the Federal Government as it is important to bring the action to the notice of the general public.
“We hope that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will unveil the hospital’s new logo when he visits before the May 29 swearing-in of elected leaders in the country.
“This is a big achievement in the ‘next level’ mantra of the present administration and it is hoped that the renaming will make the hospital attain greater heights,” he stated.
“The University requested to have FETHA as its teaching hospital as the development will bring lots of benefits to it. It will receive funding of infrastructural development from TETFUND and manpower capacity building of staff from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), he added.
Dr. Emeka Ogah, Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, noted that the renaming has elevated the hospital to a befitting teaching hospital status.
“We are presently more equipped to execute our core mandate,” the CMD stated.
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