From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha
Nnewi-born Industrialist, philanthropist and businessman Chief Cletus Ibeto (Omekannaya) has expressed confidence in the ability of the newly confirmed Chief Medical Director, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Associate Prof Joseph Ugboaja, to turn around the hospital to a first-class health institution in the southeast.
Ibeto who spoke when the Chief Medical Director, Ugboaja led the NAUTH Board Chairman, Chief Ezekiel Afukonyo, and his team paid him a courtesy call in his country home, Otolo Nnewi, assured the management of his continued support to their vision statement and goals.
Chief Ibeto, who recalled the demonstration of ability and commitment to excellence exhibited by Dr Ugboaja and his team when he had a health challenge sometimes past, noted that he also decided to support Ugboaja in his quest to aspire to the position of NAUTH CMD when he realised that he (Ugboaja) never had his own private hospital to focus on.
He condemned the practice where professionals and consultants working in teaching hospitals focus mainly on their private hospitals and even discreetly divert patients to their private facilities instead of giving their best to make the public health institutions thrive and serve the health needs of the general public.
NAUTH Board Chairman Chief Ezekiel Afukonyo, while appreciating the support of Chief Ibeto to the cause of public good, noted that the battle for the post of a new CMD for NAUTH was like a battle between light and darkness but he appreciated God that light has prevailed over darkness.
The CMD appreciated Chief Ibeto and other Nnewi stakeholders like Chief Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson), Igwe Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu and Obi Umudim, Obi George Onyekaba (Obidiugwu ) who all displayed uncommon stickler for excellence by discarding the Nnewi origin sentiment in the appointment of a new CMD.
He said the NAUTH narrative including its public perception was changing positively within few months of his acting capacity and assured that with his confirmation as the substantive CMD and the continued support of the stakeholders and vision helpers, it is the dawn of a new era of positive developments all through.