Prof Monday Igwe, on Wednesday, resumed office for his second term as the Managing Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu.
Igwe’s reappointment took effect from April 1, 2023, and is for a final term of four years.
The reappointment notice was conveyed in a letter signed by the Minister of State for Health, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama, who also presented the letter to lgwe at a brief ceremony held at the Federal Ministry of Health headquarters, Abuja.
DAILY POST reports that Igwe took over a fractured health institution four years ago and has made efforts to restore the lost glory of the hospital.
At a press conference on Wednesday after he received a rousing welcome from staff of the hospital, elated Igwe thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for finding him worthy of another tenure in office.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, four days ago, gave me a new mandate to serve this hospital for a final term of four years as Medical Director.
“It is a pleasure and I count it a very big honour to be reappointed based on the recommendation of the board and management who recommended me based on our performance,” Igwe said.
He equally thanked the Minister of State for Health, Barr. Joseph Ekumankama, who he said “upheld the recommendation of board and management and moved the letter to the President who assented.”
Igwe recalled the turbulence in the federal hospital years ago, expressing joy that it was now a thing of the past.
On the journey ahead, the MD said: “I am assuring that we are going to achieve more than we did in the first tenure.
“We are going to prioritise staff welfare, unite every member and treat every member equally. Nobody will be denied any right.
“You will recall that this hospital is the only psychiatric facility in the South-East. It is meant to train nurses and doctors in psychiatry. It is the only facility that offers research in terms of mental health in the South-East.
“It is also our mandate to give clinical services to people that have mental illnesses. The people of South-South, North-Central, they also assess our services; that means if we don’t do well, we are leaving Nigerians to suffer. So, we will do our best to make this place a world-class centre of excellence in mental health services.”
He announced that an outpost is to be up and running in each of the 15 senatorial zones in the South-East.
“We have completed nine and we are still building the other ones. Those completed are going to be activated by posting our staff, because they are already equipped.
“The essence is that people need to assess mental health services very close to their homes where it will be difficult to bring them to this place,” he stated.