Emeka Okwuosa, a Nigerian philanthropist, has built a world-class cardiology centre in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria, to strengthen the country’s health care sector.
After decades of medical tourism and visits to the West by many Nigerians and Africans in general, which amounts to millions of dollars per year, a reduction may be predicted now that the Dame Irene Okwuosa Hospital in Nigeria has been inaugurated.
Okwuosa, who named the hospital after his mother, announced that the institution’s first open-heart surgery would be provided free of charge to the first 20 Nigerian patients who applied. The operation was carried out with the help of physicians from the Voom Foundation Cardiology Center in the United States.
The multi-million-dollar hospital is expected to bring further innovation in medical sciences in Nigeria, including computerised surgery techniques and critical care management.
Offor further stated that, in the long run, the facility is expected to become a teaching hospital that will serve as a training ground for Nigeria’s brilliant medical practitioners while simultaneously providing job possibilities for the youth.
The new facility, according to sources, has sophisticated oxygen beds, high-definition CT scans, automated ventilators, a Digital Cath Lab, state-of-the-art theatres, and other world-class technology used in major surgeries.
“The facility’s first open-heart surgery is free of charge for Nigerians, regardless of where you come from,” says Oseloka Offor, the media and community mobilisation manager. “It is championed by the founder, Sir Emeka Okwuosa, a philanthropist who loves giving back to the society, to help Nigerians.”