The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu has appealed to the Enugu State Government, organisations and philanthropists to assist the institution in solving some of its major amenities challenges.
Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Monday Igwe, made the plea during the Merit Award Ceremony and Foundation Laying ceremony of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) Multi-Purpose Complex on Monday at the hospital.
Igwe noted that the issue of water supply was a great challenge and “eating seriously daily into the scarce resources of the hospital’’, adding that the state could help by connecting the hospital to the state public water system.
“Once we are connected; the issue of buying water from tankers drivers numbers of times, to meet the water need of our patients, visitors and staff, will be a thing of the past,’’ he said.
The CMD noted that the state government or organisations could help the hospital solve its yearly challenge of flooding that destroys most office equipment and medical instruments/machinery when it happens.
“We need the government or any public spirited organisation or individual to help us de-silt the blocked waterway to the hospital and construct bigger drainage that could hold the water in its channel and this yearly destruction caused by flood would stop forever,’’ he said.
According to him, we also need solar light installed in the hospital since it is usually dark at night within the premises of the hospital.
“Others are the payment of the increasing electricity bill; renovation of almost all the structures in the hospital that are dilapidated and old, since 1962; and people touched can periodically help in paying medical bills of abandoned psychiatric patients etc,’’ he said.
On the Merit Award, Igwe said that it was meant to honour those that helped to bring lasting peace in the hospital after a protracted period of disharmony and disagreement in the hospital.
“We are honouring them as they have allowed themselves to be used by God and other peace-loving staff to restore the peace, unity and bond in the hospital today,’’ he said.
Speaking, Chief Shuaibu Shaban, the Chairman of the Management Board of the hospital, urged the state government, organisations and philanthropists to assist the health institution in any way they could.
“I personally plea that the CMD’s address and roll out of our challenges should be given consideration for we to serve our brothers and sisters admitted here better.
“We are appealing that you come to our aid for the sake of humanity, which you people represent,’’ Shaban appealed.
Responding after receiving “The Legend of Peace and Infrastructural Award’’, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said that he was elated that an institution can spot out his modest achievements.
Ugwuanyi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Prof Ikechukwu Obi, said that the award would spur him to do more for Enugu State and humanity at large.
“I will convey your award and message expressly to His Excellency, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the People’s Governor, and I know in his usually characteristic he will definitely get back to the hospital management,’’ he said.
Other dignitaries that received the Award of Peace and Achievement included; Hon. Edward Ubosi, Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly; Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, former Governor and Senator Representing Enugu East Senatorial District and Sen. Obinna Ogba, representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone.
The rest are; Dr Josiah Biobelemoye, National President of MHWUN; Conrade Hussaini Ahmed, National Vice President MHWUN; Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Archbishop of Enugu Anglican Communion; Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, Chairman of Anbeez Group of Companies among others.
The highlights of the event were the foundation laying of the MHWUN Multi-Purpose Complex by the Enugu State governor and a group photograph.