Ebonyi’s King David University Medical Sciences: Closing Nigeria’s Health Gap

The timeless truth of health is wealth magnifies primacy of human wellbeing over human exploits or possessions. Rich is the man or woman whose physiological and anabolic activities happen naturally with little or no assistance.

Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 exposed the barrage of deficiencies in our health sector, a chunk of which was infrastructural. This solves the puzzle of medical tourism rampancy. In his typical visionary fashion, Governor David Nweze Umahi sought to close this gap by initiating and completing King David University of Medical Sciences, a big addition to our nation’s health arsenal.

The gargantuan edifice is so colorfully pleasant you would notice its presence metres away. Anticipating the immense traffic to come, a bridge of top-notch quality is positioned close to it. Located in Uburu, Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi State, the institution is a combination of learning and treatment centers. Thus, it has a section comprising classrooms, laboratories and another which is a hospital. Uniquely, it differs from the average hospital in Nigeria with presence of several state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate various operations or surgeries.

Recently, there has been a wave of kidney ailments across the country, sweeping people from different social stratifications, including celebrities, to the great beyond. High cost of going abroad for kidney transplant operations underlies these avoidable deaths. Good tidings is here. King David University of Medical Sciences features a kidney transplant unit with relevant equipment to enable successful operations. Running helter-skelter to find a way to India is about to become obsolete.

Also, heart diseases are so complicated with a potential to end life, if not fought promptly and properly. The high-end machines on ground in the university enable heart surgeries for patients. It is noteworthy that cancer, understood by many in our clime as a death warrant, is on the verge of a change of narrative. Over there is a cancer unit with machines for chemotherapy and other curative measures. Lethal sicknesses are bound to have no hiding place anymore.

Being a university, it parades ultra-modern learning facilities with technology-enabled classrooms, sophisticated laboratories and classy conducive environments. Its ambience would give students the abroad experience. Conception and execution of this crucial project is a testament to David Umahi’s uncommon vision. President Muhammadu Buhari’s expressed readiness of the federal government to take over the institution, as humbly requested by the governor, for more funding is icing on the cake. Suffice it to say better times ahead for health in Nigeria.

Francis Nwaze
Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)

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