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Dr Joe Ugboaja Calls For More Partnership As Medical Activities Continue At NAUTH Perm Site

The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, Dr Joe Ugboaja has emphasized the need for private sector input towards improving health infrastructure in Public Health Institutions across the country.

Dr Ugboaja who was speaking with TNC correspondent at the NAUTH permanent site in Akammili, Nnewi, said the responsibility of providing quality health care to the people cannot and should not be left for government alone to shoulder.

According to him, public health institutions are the easiest to access and serve the poorest of the poor due to the low rate of its services, and as such, should be supported to render quality health services by all.

“There is no way we can talk about improving the quality of medicare available to our people without investing in public health facilities. This is because they represent the bulk of health service providers and are accessible even where their private counterparts are not. This is why it is imperative that we support them to be at their best,” he said.

Ugboaja, who has spearheaded the movement of NAUTH to the permanent site, called on affluent and public-spirited individuals to come and partner with the health institution to enable her to give quality medicare to the patients.

The CMAC also invited wealthy persons and corporate organizations to visit NAUTH’s permanent site so that they can see for themselves, the good things happening in the hospital.

“We have said it times without number that our top priority is to make NAUTH one of the best five Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria, we are passionate about that but the truth is that we need helping hands to achieve this lofty objective.

“NAUTH will continue to appreciate those persons who have helped out in one way or the other in the past and those who are still helping us at the moment.

“We are not moving into the permanent site just to fulfil all righteousness. The movement to the permanent site is a serious business which needs the support of all and sundry. We expect people with means to visit us here and see what we are doing and as well see areas that they can partner with us especially in the area of provision of the infrastructure needed to radically transform the hospital,” the CMAC stressed.

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