Abali Chuku, Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, said on Thursday that the hospital had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toledo University, Ohio, U.S. for kidney transplant services.
Mr. Chuku, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia. He said that the services would kick-off in February 2017.
He recalled that discussion for the partnership began in 2015 when he was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame by the university.
Mr. Chuku said that the university would train eight medical personnel, comprising three doctors and two nurses in the first phase, while three others would be trained later.
The medical director said that the centre was also collaborating with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America for the training of its nurses.
He, however, identified adequate funding as the major challenge facing the centre in carrying out its activities, especially its training programme.
Mr. Chuku also said that the hospital was grossly understaffed and thus, performing below capacity.
He said that the centre needed 236 additional nurses and required more consultants to be able to provide more efficient services to patients.
Mr. Chuku, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government for N500 million take off for the centre to be on solid financial footing and provide optimum performance.