The West African College of Surgeons has accredited three courses of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Awka, Anambra State.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Basil Nwankwo stated this on Friday in Awka, the Anambra State capital at a press briefing.

He said WACS had granted full accreditation to COOUTH courses in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and partial accreditation for Surgery.

While hailing the state Governor Willie Obiano’s investment in the hospital, Nwankwo said the hospital now attended to no fewer than 9000 patients monthly as against 3000 some years back.

He said the quest to reduce capital flight due to medical tourism abroad could be solved by upgrading hospitals the country.

“We have seven mega laboratories donated by USAID in each of the geo-political zones, and that of the South-East is in COOUTH, Awka.

“The Mega laboratory can conduct 510 samples for virological tests,” CMD stated

He said donor agencies and the state government had injected not less than N2bn in the upgrade of facilities in the hospital, recently.

He added that a committee had been put in place to look into the grievances of doctors of the institution that resulted in a two-month strike, adding that a consultant had also been engaged to work out the doctors’ remunerations as appropriate.

“One of the reasons the resident doctors embarked on industrial action which they called off this week was the problem of diagnostics and this has been resolved by the full accreditation of our courses by the West African College of Surgeons.

“COOUTH now has full accreditation in pharmacy, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and surgery, which had got partial accreditation.

“The success story is a product of the Anambra state government’s determination to ensure good health care delivery to the people,” Nwankwo stated.