By Ijendu Iheaka
Aba(Abia) – Dr John Chikezie, the Head, Department of Medicine, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, has urged the state government to take advantage of potential of ABSUTH and help it grow.
Chikezie begged the state government not to allow the institution to die during interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Aba on Tuesday.
The don said that the medical institution needed government’s assistance to realise its potential.
“We should not allow this institution to die because it is the hope of our people, the hope of the South East.
“And just like our governor has been able to draw out the best among artisans in Aba such that today we are talking about manufacturers in that area.
“All along nobody thought about them, but the present government has made them to become relevant.
“That is also how it should be if we think of how to make ABSUTH great.
“Then we should start seeing its huge potential that has not been tapped.
“We have the manpower, but what the people need is what can cascade performance,” he said.
Chikezie said that the medical school had potential for greatness and become a centre of excellence in medical practice, adding that government should see this potential and leverage on it.
He suggested a roundtable between the institution’s management and the Abia State Government to draw out the benefits of the teaching hospital.
Chikezie, however, revealed that ABSUTH instituted a lecture series recently to honour distinguished scholars in the field of medicine to encourage hard work, sacrifice, excellence and passion among students. .(NAN)