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Eze applauds FG's takeover of Ebonyi's King David University, says to reduce medical tourism - ITREALMS

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemek Eze, has applauded the federal government takeover of the King David University of Medical Sciences, locted in Ebonyi State, reports 
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This university was built by Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, he said, is laudable, describing it as President Mohammadu Buhari’s parting gift to ndi Igbo.

A press statement made available to 
ITREALMS in Abuja, Eze recalled that during the two day visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ebonyi State on 5th and 6th May, 2022, the President was visibly awed by what he saw during the commissioning of the Ebonyi's King David University of Medical Sciences and thus without hesitation, acceded to the request of the Ebonyi State governor for the Federal Government to take over the running of the University.

Eze quoted Governor Umahi as stating, “This hospital is beyond the scope of any State government to run and we have been celebrating your approval of our request and are very proud that you are here to commission it yourself".

In this regard, President Buhari assured that the Federal Government would take over the management of the University of Medical Sciences, located in Uburu, Ebonyi State, as a Federal Medical University.

The President told the people of Ebonyi that the process for the change of ownership of the university is on and would be concluded soon.

The actualisation of the dream and vision of the Federal Government taking over this gigantic innovation was achieved on 6th September, 2022 when the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, signed an agreement for the Federal Government to formally take over King David University of Medical Sciences pursuant to a presidential promise by President Buhari in May this year.

In a ceremony held in the conference room of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to that effect was signed thereby sealing the takeover process.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor of Ebonyi State said the idea of the university was borne out of the desire to save the life of the people, serve them well and stem medical tourism.

“Apart from the huge revenue we would save from our people traveling abroad, we would be bringing world class medical services home. That way, we are saving the lives of our people and earning foreign exchange from the foreigners coming for treatment” he said.

Governor Umahi further explained that the beautiful university environment was beyond what a state could manage prompting the president, who commissioned it in May, to pronounce the takeover by the federal government.

Corroborating the statements of the governor, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government had to take over the university because of its strategic importance to the overall healthcare plans of the federal government.

“The institution is very ready and well equipped with state of the art facilities. We have confirmed the standards and we are very excited to be taking it over. I will soon be there to physically take it over,” Minister Ehanire said.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of State for Health, Barr. Joe Ekumankama, the permanent secretary of the ministry and several directors of the ministry.

On the side of Ebonyi state were some commissioners and top state government officials.

Throwing more light about the University, Eze stated that the emergence of the University of Medical Sciences that has been adjudged by NUC to be the most beautiful, is going to be a centre of excellence for the treatment of those terminal diseases that normally take people out of the country.

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