Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Anambra Assembly legalises Ojukwu varsity Teaching Hospital

Speaker Maduagwu

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Anambra State House of Assembly has passed into law, the bill for an act to establish Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, Awka.
The COOUTH Act, which was passed into law on Tuesday after scaling through third reading, is replacing Anambra State University Teaching Hospital, (ASUTH), Amaku hitherto known as Amaku General Hospital (AGH)
According to the new Act, the teaching hospital is to function independently but in affiliation with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam (formerly Anambra State University). COOU got its new name from the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2014.
Hon. Jideofor Okoye, the House of Assembly Majority Leader, who read the bill for third reading, enumerated some of the aims of the Teaching Hospital to include provisions of some facilities for effective teaching and learning of medicine, pharmacy, nursing and other students as obtainable in every teaching hospital of international repute.
Okoye, who added that the Hospital is to provide healthcare and treatment to patients that present themselves at lowest possible cost, avowed that it shall provide health environment for conducting research in health related issues including study of disease patterns, comprehensive structured teaching programme to the undergraduate and postgraduate trainees, medical students, pharmacy students, interns, trainees and others.
The Majority Leader also pointed out that the bill provides for establishment of Teaching Hospital Board, appointment of Chief Medical Director, Director of Administration, Financial provisions, among others.
Contributing, Hon. Chugbo Enwezo, the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, a committee that worked on the bill last, urged the state executive arm of government to always invite legislatures to supervise whenever they are assigning passed bills into law.
Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, while commending her colleagues on successfully passage of the bill into law, hinted that the act has formally legalised the COOUTH



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