Medical Apostolate…

Our Medical Apostolate

Our Charism as bequeathed to us by our Father Founder, Archbishop Charles Heerey, is COMPASSION. This was that Gospel vision which spurred him on to courageously address the havoc caused by lack of health and medical care and the effects of ignorance inflicted on his flock, especially the underprivileged of the 1930s. Archbishop Heerey strongly impressed it on us his daughters, to strive and live out this COMPASSION in the SPIRIT of HUMILITY. In line with this, our Congregation has founded and manages hospitals and maternity homes for the care of the sick, especially, women and children. Among these are: Mother of Christ Hospital, Enugu in Enugu State, Immaculate Heart Hospital Nkpor, Anambra State, Immaculate Heart Hospital, Urualla, Imo State, and Rex Universorum Primary Health Care Centre, Mmiata Anam in Anambra State, Nigeria.

 The hospitals render in-patient and out-patient services in following areas.

  1. Obstetrics and Gynaecological services

  2. Pediatrics

  3. Medical and ENT services

  4. Surgical and Orthopedic services

  5. Child and maternity care, Immunization, Natural Family Planning, Circumcision for males, Ear piercing for girls

  6. Laboratory and blood banking services

  7. Ultrasound services

  8. X-ray

  9. ECG

  10. Mortuary services in a small scale

  11. National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

  12. HIV services: Comprehensive care and treatment of HIV / AIDS victims etc. We collaborate with the Centre for Clinical Care Research Nigeria (CCCRN) in offering HIV services i.e. taking care of HIV patients. Though, presently their supports have reduced significantly which has adverse effects on the hospital as the treatment of opportunistic infections of HIV patients reduced by 60%.

    Challenges:

    At the present, the hospitals are faced with the following challenges.

  1. Our theatres need urgent expansion with regards to space and equipment to attend to the increasing number of patients.

  2. Dwindling of financial support from our collaborators in HIV services.

  3. Financial constraint due to the fact that we do not receive subvention from the government; and many of the patients are not able to pay their bills after they were discharged from the hospital and they were allowed to go home.  

  4. Following the inspection of the Laboratory in Enugu which attends to about 250,000 patients annually, by the laboratory council of Nigeria in 2012 they stated that our laboratory is so compacted and needs to be expanded for the accreditation.

  5. We need to expand our Out-Patient department and Accident and emergency department.

 


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