By Nna Anulumadu
In his sincere efforts to ensure provision of a sustanable quality healthcare system and education in Nigeria the Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese, His Grace Most Rev Valerian M Okeke, recently strengthened partnership with Hungarians who have been long assisting in provision of quality health care, scholarship for students both in scondary schools and tartiary institutions in Nigeria especially within Onitsha Archdiocese.
The prelate strengthened the partnership during his trip to Hungary to attend the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.
The Chief Executive Officer of St Charles Borromeo Specialist Hospital Onitsha, Very. Rev Fr. Dr. Izunna Okonkwo who travelled together with Archbishop to Hungary, while brifing the press on the development and the out come of the trip disclosed the partnership which was facilitated by Archbishop Val few years back has been yielding huge fruits, adding that many Nigerians have been benefiting from it.
According to him through the connection and effort of the Archbishop, the Hungarians have been coming to Nigerian since 2017, providing active free medical services to Nigerians irrespective of one religious or non religious affiliation. “It is not only a medical mission but also a humanitarian mission because so many Nigerians have benefited from free health care as well as social services they render, such as provision of food to the hungry, assisting some Nigerians to go to school.
“This Hungarians are sponsoring some students in the parts of Anambra state. About 40 of them in secondary school at Umueri and about 30 of them at St Raphael’s College Awkuzu. Also about 30 of them at our Lady’s high school Ogidi. Even here in St Charles Borromeo Specialist Hospital College of Nursing they are sponsoring a lot students. Some have graduated and the Hungarians out OF their usual magnanimity, secured a further scholarship for the best graduating students. Right now they are futhering their studies in Hungary. In other words, we have four Nigerians who are doing advanced Nursing programme in Hungary. .
“They have also assisted us in securing some medical equipment that will assist us to take our medical care provision to optimal stage. Recently we received equipment that is called C-Arm, for Nuro surgery. The consignment has landed Nigeria and we are following the protocol for clearing it at the Sea Port. In no distant time, it will arrive At Charles Borromeo Teaching and Specialist Hospital Onitsha.
“Apart from this, we are also partnering with Hungarian government for possible stronger collaboration in the area of Education and exchange of technology. We are also trying to establish partnership with Ministry of foreign affairs in Hungary with Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha.
“During the trip the Archbishop also had meeting with some Bishops of Hungary including the primate Cardinal Peter Edel.
In essence, Nigerian students studying in Hungary on Scholarship will come home after graduation to help in uplifting the health care system of Nigeria. In addition, we have some Nigerian priests from the Archdiocese of Onitsha who are currently studying in Hungary. One is studying Medicine, another one is studying Pharmacy and another one is studying Psychology and at graduation, they will come back to Nigeria to help in uplifting the health care system.
“Having consulted with them during this last trip, we are now looking at the possibility of getting more medical personnel that will come down to Nigeria for cross fertilization of the idea in the area of technology and competencies in order to assist in training of medical…