- By Peter Eze
Former governor of Abia State and senator elect for Abia North senatorial zone, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, on Tuesday, visited Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia for routine checkup as follow up to the surgery he underwent in Germany last year.
He has also called on the Federal Government to upgrade the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia, to a teaching hospital.
Kalu, who made the call after having his medical check up at the FMC said the facility has all it takes to be a teaching hospital with specialization in different fields.
The senator elect said most teaching hospitals across the country cannot boast of the type of structures and equipment as the FMC, Umuahia. He added that the best way to properly place it is to convert the place to a teaching hospital.
Comparing himself to other politicians, Kalu said that unlike others, he is not ashamed of conducting check ups in Umuahia. He said the German hospital he underwent surgery were expecting him for the routine checkup but he trusts the capacities of the neurologists in the FMC
“You know I usually come here for regular check ups. I have already started pushing that this place be made a specialist hospital so that our people wouldn’t have to spend money travelling abroad and out of the state to access quality health care.
Although I will soon go back to Germany to conclude my medications but I came here because I believe in the capabilities of the neurologists to handle the check ups.“
Kalu who was elected Senator representing Abia North senatorial zone in the recently concluded National Assembly election was accompanied by his retinue of aides and supporters.