I have been to the facility some time in the past. I had cause to take a self-guided tour of the hospital; I saw the wards, the laboratories, the administrative section, the call rooms, canteens and other important sections.
Like other Federal Medical Centres, this one situated at Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State, is just what it is; a medical centre. I believe this status is rightly for a purpose.
However, the Chief Medical Director of the FMC, Umuahia, Dr Chuku Abali, thinks otherwise. He reels out some outstanding achievement of the centre, to journalists, that I think you should know, before you make up your mind about if the upgrade is worthwhile.
“FMC is long overdue to become a teaching hospital,” he asserted, adding that with the level of excellence it has attained, if more public hospitals could be upgraded to create pockets of excellence” across the country it would curtail the craze for medical tourism by Nigerians,” he explained.There have been an increase the existing bed spaces from 287 to 375.This FMC has deepened services in internal medicine, while the dialysis centre is undergoing expansion with addition of two dialysis machine to make it six and eventually reach the target of 10, while it also boasts of purpose-built In-Vitro Fertilisation laboratory, which is ranked among the best in the country.The management has adopted the use of social media (WhatsAPP) platform to transmit scan results to doctors.