The federal government has approved the renaming of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) to Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.

Alhaji Ahmed Ramalan, the chairman of the hospital’s board, disclosed this on Wednesday, April 4, in Abakaliki while addressing newsmen.

He said the renaming is with immediate effect. Ramalan said Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, gave the approval on behalf of the government as it is important to bring the action to the notice of the people of Ebonyi and Nigerians.

Ramalan said: “We hope that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will unveil the hospital’s new logo when he visits before the May 29 swearing-in of elected leaders in the country.

“This is a big achievement in the “next level” mantra of the present administration and it is hoped that the renaming will make the hospital attain greater heights.

He said: “The university requested to have FETHA as its teaching hospital as the development will bring lots of benefits to it. “It will receive funding of infrastructural development from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and manpower capacity building of staff from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).”

Ramalan said the board had a successful year in the saddle haven been inaugurated in March 2018. He added: “We have recorded successes within the period which include; completion of the construction and furnishing of a 500-seater auditorium and that of a lecture hall. “The medical ward complex has undergone 70% completion while we have completed the renovation of the resident coctors’ quarters. “We have purchased and installed a 5000 KVA generating set and an Echo scan, blood gas analyser, embedding machine, among others.”