Samuel Ikechukwu Asadu
The first ever-free community hospital is billed for commissioning in Enugu State next week.
Built by the traditional ruler of Ubogidi/Ozalla Autonomous Community in Nsukka Local Council, Chief Samuel Ikechukwu Asadu, the hospital will provide free medical and maternal services to the people.
The 20-bed-space health facility is equipped with scanning machine, ultra sound, laboratory, eye clinic equipment and a standby 750 KVA power generating set, to ease the pain of accessing medical services by villagers.
Ahead of the commissioning on December 27, by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, about 20 patients diagnosed with different ailments had already been treated free of charge.
Asadu, a nurse of over 24 years in Dallas Texas, USA said the hospital project was to give back to the community, rather than wait for the state and Federal Government to do so.
Meanwhile, Asadu had earlier renovated two primary schools in the community.
He said: “My intention is not to make money from the hospital, but to touch lives. The hospital renders free medical attention for both minor and major cases. irrespective of gender. I engaged two medical doctors, 10 nurses and other paramedical assistants for the operation at the hospital. The hospital is free for my community, while others will pay for services rendered to enable management maintain the pace, purchase drugs and pay salaries,” he stated.
Chairman of the board of the hospital, Prof. Felix Asogwa, praised the donor for conceiving the idea.
-------------------LAWRENCE NJOKU/THE GUARDIAN