NURSING STUDENTS, AGBOR, VISITS UWEIFO COMMUNITY ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL EWURU

,  Ewuru, Agbor. The  students who were accompanied on the visit by
one of the institution’s senior 
lecturers, Mr. Agbenro Moses, numbered up to seventy-two.

Mr. Agbenro who
served as the co-ordinator of the nursing students during the visit, on behalf
of the principal of the school, Mr. Egwuenu, and staff said the reason for the
visit is that it is an annual routine for second year students of the school,
adding that  it is part of the training
on community health, and also one of the requirements for the qualification of
the final examination of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
Curriculum.

He expressed
optimism that the excursion will go a long way in impacting  the relevant knowledge to the second year
students, stating that  they have equally
visited the Ayo Ben Traditional Healing Home, in order for them to get`
acquainted with traditional health practices which form part of the school
curriculum.

Receiving the
nursing students, the head of the  Uweifo
family, Pa Julius Uwadi, thanked them for the visit saying this has shown that
government is in support of what Uweifo Community Orthopedic Hospital, Ewuru is
doing.

During the visit,
some staff of the hospital and elders of Ewuru Community took time to explain
to the students ways and methods of traditional health practices. The Public
Relations Officer of the hospital, Mr. Chuks Victor Ashien, who conducted the
students round, said the Uweifo Orthopeadic Home is a place where broken bones
that have defiled Orthodox medicine are fixed.

He explained
that the major work of the hospital is to treat patients with broken bones and
dislocation, and that the greatest challenge facing the hospital is funding,
adding that the Ewuru Community has been funding it since inception, except
recently when  Dr. Mrs. Isioma Okobah
through one of the  sons of the land Mr.
Steve Ekiri-Mekiriuwa Ashien, CEO/ Publisher of 
Ika Weekly Newspaper, came three times to the hospital, where she
donated hospital equipment, bed sheets, pillow cases and gift items to the
hospital and inmates. He equally stated that Dr. Mrs. Okobah  in her second visit, gave drugs and free
medical treatment to many people in the community, saying  that Ewuru community is thanking her
immensely for that, praying that Almighty God will bless and grant her, her
heart desire.

Mr. Ashien
however called on all to come and assist in the upgrading of  the Orthopedic hospital, which he said needs
a generating set, hospital equipment, x-ray machine, buildings and a borehole,
to a standard one, where patients will 
be comfortable.

Some of the
nursing  students  who spoke on behalf of others, Egbuiwe
Constance Adaeze, Ojunekwu Felix Nwabueze and Obukpolor John ,,,, Ewere, said
the Uweifo Community Orthopedic Hospital is doing very well both in
administration and service  delivery.
Citing the problem of infrastructure, manpower 
and inadequate working equipment as the major challenges facing the
hospital they pleaded with government to provide more medical personnels like
nurses and doctors  to  the place, just as they asked that all other
challenges should be addressed too.

Expressing his
gratitude, one of the  students, Okolie
Ifeanyi on behalf of his classmates thanked the Uweifo community for the warm
reception accorded them, saying that they appreciated the humanitarian work
they are doing.

Highpoint of the visit were the conducting of the students round the
different wards in the hospital, by staff of the hospital and the taking of
group photograph by the students, their lecturer, inmates and elders of the
community. Ewuru community leaders present at the visit were, Pa Juluis Uwadi,
Pa Jeremiah Otabor, Pa Sunday Chukuma Emmanuel, Egwabor, Nicholas Ngbeken and
Mr. Chuks Victor Ashien.

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