Church to combat maternal,  child mortality via its established hospitals

One of the Christian churches in Nigeria, by name, OMEGA Power Ministries, OPM, known for Church charity, has taken a bold step in the spirit of Easter to fight maternal and child mortality, especially in the Niger Delta with the establishment of free hospitals, owned by the church.

Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, General Overseer of OPM, has said that the health facility, built in Omuohunwo, in Aluu village of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers state, is focused on ensuring that indigent women receive free antenatal care during tough delivery and post delivery.

Chibuzor, at the facility unveiling, said, “By the grace of God OPM free schools have run for over nine years and we sustain it, with church offerings. We started with one. Now we have 11 schools. A lot of money is coming into the church every Sunday, what are pastors doing with it?

“If a pastor can use church money to build a school while not use the same money to run it and sustain it. If we can sustain the school and five free estates we can also sustain this. Some pastors call me saying I should stop disclosing that a lot of money comes into the church every day, but I will have to say the truth.

“God’s money should be used for God’s people. We made it a specialist hospital because the rate of maternal death is unbelievable. How can a woman carry a pregnancy for nine months without going to the hospital, sometimes deliver at home and die?

“We are using professionals. I don’t want to compromise standard. We have engaged best hands in the field and they will give good services here,” he said.

The Vanguard reports concurred that, Chibuzor has noted that there is so much suffering in the land, saying it is what that has motivated to go this far and was scriptural. “OPM is operating 11 schools and it is free. We give free uniforms, books, and lunch. This is a world class health facility. All the equipment here is imported.

“All the rooms are in suits and fully equipped. The hospital has a high standard. We have also made an arrangement that when a woman delivers here we will feed her till she is discharged. The hospital is for everybody, Christians of every denomination, Muslims and even pagans can come here and receive free treatment”, he said.

Dr. Enighe Ugboma, Consultant Radiologist, Head of Department of Radiology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital noted that the hospital has qualified personnel and equipment to achieve its purpose of ending maternal mortality.

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Joseph Athanasius

Joseph Athanasius is a Public Affairs Commentator and News Writer at InfoGuide Nigeria News.

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