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Alanna Ebigbo donates medical equipment to UNTH


Director of Administration, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, Mr. Bernard Ugwu (right); the donor, Dr. Alanna Ebigbo; Head of Endoscopy unit, Prof. Sylvester Nwokediuko; and Dr. Uche Ijoma during the presentation in Enugu.

Some Nigerians in the Diaspora have continued to show love to their country in different ways. Such love can come in form of support in medicine, education and other areas of critical importance.

The latest of such a Nigerian, is a Germany-based medical practitioner, Dr. Alanna Ebigbo, who has presented an endoscopy machine, the Olympus EVIS EXERA III, 190 series, processor, Light source and three scopes to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, to boost their medical and technical capacity in handling patients.

Receiving the equipment said to be the latest model in the market, the Chief medical director of the hospital, Dr. Chris Amah, described the equipment as a lifetime medical intervention.

Amah, who was represented by the director of administration in the hospital, Mr. Bernard Ugwu, said the equipment came at a time when they were upgrading their units and departments to meet patients’ care.

He continued: we will remain grateful to you for having good motive for our people; I assure you our competent personnel will take good care of the machine.

The Head of the Endoscopy Unit, Prof. Sylvester Nwokediuko, expressed joy that their collaboration that started last year had blossomed, adding that between that period and now Dr. Alanna Ebigbo, had donated two sets of endoscopy machines and six scopes to the hospital.

He stated that apart from the equipment, Ebigbo also sponsored some of the UNTH staff to undergo training on endoscopy operation in Germany. According to him “you have noticed some lapses here, we will address them, in fact with the latest machines, I will invite the Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria for full accreditation of the department in the college of Medicine of the University of Nigeria, Enugu-campus.

In his remarks, a renowned cardiologist at the UNTH, Prof. Ben Anisiuba, said he had to put his conference outside the state on hold, on hearing the breaking news on the arrival of the latest model of the endoscopy machine to the hospital.

Anisiuba stated that he was in love with diagnostic instruments, such as the endoscopy equipment, as they could also be useful for cardiologists.

Earlier, the donor, Dr. Alanna Ebigbo, had said that coming to the UNTH was to him like coming home, having been born and nurtured in Enugu. Ebigbo, who came with his two Nigerian technical partners, Dr. Ugochukwu Ezenyirioha and Dr. Gideon Anigbo, re-affirmed his commitment to contribute his quota to the growth of the nation’s healthcare sector, adding that his scientific partnership with the hospital had just only begun.

He explained that part of the successes achieved in securing the equipment was as a result of his reports to the Olympus Referral Centre in Germany, which in turn smoothened the ground for him.

One of the medical staff that benefited from the training in Germany, Dr. Uche Ijoma, the UNTH Director of public Relations, Cyril Keleze and Dr. Olive Obienu were among personalities who graced the occasion.

Ijoma had been invited as a resource person to the European Gastroenterology conference recently hosted by Alanna’s hospital, Das Klinkum in Germany.

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