By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
Chairman, Medical and Advisory Committee, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, Dr Joseph Ugboaja has restated his commitment towards transforming the health institution.
He said his primary focus was raising the hospital to one of the top ranking tertiary hospitals in the country regardless of distractions.
Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Ugboaja who is vying for the office of the Chief Medical Director of the institution solicited for stakeholders’ support towards the development of the hospital.
He said, “As someone who has been in the system, I have all it takes and will do everything humanly possible to bring the NAUTH to an enviable position to be the pride of the people in the South East and Nigeria, generally despite the plans of some few individuals to work against my already well fashioned master plan.
“I know it will come and I am prepared for it. NAUTH must be transformed. The staff must sit up. The public outcry against the hospital is not without a basis. We have come to a stage where it’s either you sit up and do your duties very well or you leave the system.
“It’s the duty of everybody to ensure that NAUTH stands out to become a center of excellence. All the stakeholders need to come together for the purposes of developing the hospital.”
Describing as unwarranted the sponsored media attacks on him, Ugboaja maintained that he remained unruffled, pleading with the sponsors to channel the energies and resources into transforming the hospital.
He added, “I’m aware of an ongoing sponsored media attacks on my person; but they are not capable of getting me off the track in my bid to transform the NAUTH for the interest of all.
“It is not totally unexpected that individuals who have made the hospital their cash cow will fight any move to positively change the system by sponsoring all sorts of allegations without any proof.
“My focus is to transform the hospital to become one of the top ranking tertiary hospitals in the country starting with movement to the permanent site and other measures. I can’t be distracted at this point by mischief makers.”
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