The Federal Government has honoured the former Vice President of Nigeria in the second republic, Alex Ekwueme, by naming the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki after him.
This was disclosed by the hospital’s board, Ahmed Ramalan while addressing journalists on Wednesday.
He said the school will henceforth be called, Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
Ekwueme was vice president to late President, Shehu Shagari between 1979 and 1983.
He died November 2017.
Ramalan said Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the approval on behalf of the government as it is important to bring the action to the notice of the people of Ebonyi and Nigerians.
“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 said.
He said the request for the renaming was made by the University and the Federal Ministry of Health graciously approved it.
“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 the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and manpower capacity building of staff from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF),” he said.
Ramalan said the board had a successful year in the saddle have been inaugurated in March 2018.
“We have recorded successes within the period which include; completion of the construction and furnishing of a 500-seater auditorium and that of a lecture hall.
“The medical ward complex has undergone 70 per cent completion while we have completed the renovation of the Resident Doctors’ quarters.
“We have purchased and installed a 5000 KVA generating set and an Echo scan, blood gas analyser, embedding machine, among others,” he said.
Emeka Ogah, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, noted that the renaming has elevated the hospital to a teaching hospital status.
“We are presently more equipped to execute our core mandate,” he said.
The hospital was hitherto known as the Federal Medical Centre Abakaliki, before metamorphosing into FETHA after the federal government’s takeover.