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The Dawn of a New Era in Medical Treatment: Ochiedike Medical Dialysis Centre Owerri



Part of  the Diagnostic Centre furnished and equipped with cutting edge technology

Part of the Diagnostic Centre furnished and equipped with cutting edge technology

Ochiedike Medical Dialysis and Diagnostic centre, a state of the art dialysis and diagnostic centre located along Imo Concord Hotel Drive near Heros Square off Portharcourt Road Owerri, established by the state Governor, His Excelency Owelle Rochas Okorocha has lifted the burden of traveling to USA, India, United Kingdom etc for medical dialysis and diagnosis by Imolites,

An Israeli powered and managed Dialysis and Diagnostic Centre furnished and equipped with cutting edge technology and state of the art diagnostic machines is currently established in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

From time immemorial Imolites and the entire eastern populace of the country have resorted to traveling abroad to seek solutions to their serious and complicated health challenges at a huge financial cost yearly. While a great number have lost their precious lives due to low standard of living and inability to afford the outrageous cost of traveling abroad for medical check and treatment.

Ochiedike Medical Dialysis Centre Owerri

Ochiedike Medical Dialysis Centre Owerri

The dialysis and diagnostic centre is determined to render professional, effective standard health care delivery that is obtainable anywhere in the world. The hallmark of this centre is excellence in service delivery at an affordable cost.

The Ultra-modern dialysis and diagnostic centre is equipped with high class machines such as MRI machines. This particular MRI machine is remarkably different because its open machine can be used on people who are afraid of enclosures or cloistral phobia. The MRI machine scans through the body internal organs to spot any form of disorder in just thirty minutes. This makes treatment easy and fast.

The Mammography also is a sophisticated machine for testing and detecting problems in the body such as: lumps in the breast, cancer, and other problems in the heart region. This is particularly important for women. Every woman is expected to go through this test at least once a year.

The centre has more than ten dialysis machines and a large dialysis room which can take up 10 people at a time. This obviously is the largest dialysis centre ever seen in the country. There is also two private dialysis rooms available.

Also available is the C.T. Scan machine, blood testing machines which can be used outdoor in case of emergency or with patients who are unable to get to the centre. The centre has an ultra sound machine and a world class laboratory. All these machines produce results, scans and checks in digital and graphic forms. Ochiedike Medical Centre is secured with 24hrs surveillance cameras.


The Story, the Beginning.

The story of Ochedike Medical centre started with the personal story of the governor Rochas Okorocha. Many years ago, Governor Rochas Okorocha’s father died from kidney disease, simply because his son could not afford the treatment at the time. Even if he could, dialysis machines were not readily available in Imo-State or Nigeria.

For this reason, the Governor has placed health in his priority list although not much improvement has been seen, so far, in the existing health facilities, especially the Owerri Specialist Hospital at Umuguma which has  been under lock and key for nearly a year.

Notwithstanding, Governor Okorocha is committed to improving health standards in Imo-state and even exploring its potential in health tourism.  His Government is determined to build at least one hospital in each local Government. But the Governor himself has also engaged the services of an Israeli medical entrepreneur to set up a diagnostic centre in new Owerri.

Although the Governor was not there to share his vision for the diagnostic centre, also named after his father Ochiedike, Mr. Barrauch Hoffman a medical expert and General manager Mr Kaspin Yoram were on hand to explain their mission to Imo when The Leader  visited the facility.

“We are here”  he said “on the request of the Governor to bring health solutions to the people of Owerri. The people of Owerri have had to go abroad sometimes, far away from home, and at great cost to have a basic check up. Now, they can do it here and cheaper too. That’s our mission – to provide health solutions through adequate check ups,” Mr. Barrauch Hoffman a tested medical investor said confidently, after GM Yoram had conducted a tour of the impressive facility and proudly identified each of the state-of –the –art machines.

“When we came here we met Dr Obi Njoku, before he became Commissioner of Health and he took us to His Excellency before he was elected. He said, ‘when I become the Governor I am going to build a dialysis centre because my father passed away from kidney problem’ when we told him that the images from here are not being accepted in the western countries and suggested we do a diagnostic centre here so that people can have a better life.”

Mr. Barrauch Hoffman has many years experience in setting up medical facilities in the developing countries, while his partner Kaspin is a seasoned  manager and administrator.  He explained that he had similar facilities in Macedonia and Romania both in Eastern European. He has also been involved in promoting medical tourism in Israel, with Africa as the main target. He explained that Nigerians who bought into the programme had difficulty getting their medical results from home accepted in the western world for reasons ranging from lack of clarity to conflicting results.  One of the reasons may be archaic or faulty machines.  He gave the example of an army officer who visited from Abuja with a questionable X-ray result.

“His X-ray says there’s a bullet in his knees but we checked there was nothing so we concluded that the X-Ray belongs to somebody else,” he explained.

One of the success stories for the Israeli company was the Governor’s brother who had a kidney problem and came to Israel, accompanied by the Governor’s doctor

With his brother’s successful treatment, Governor Okorocha moved quickly to cement his agreement with the company and to bring them to Imo.  He decided that what was good for his brother was also good for the rest of Imolites.

“We brought all our plans and other things. We made an agreement and we started to work. We got some money slowly and slowly. The project is supposed to finish in one year, it’s now three years but we’re almost there. The Governor had a big vision, he put in a lot,” he said.

“I also think he found the right people because in our culture, honesty is key. We are not a people known for getting money and running away – we want to finish it. We have invested a lot of money, up to N100 million from our pocket – because we want this to be the best. We made an agreement to build, equip and manage for 15 years. We are almost ready.”

The businessman admitted that management is usually the Achilles Heels of many projects in Africa. As such, he brought Kaspin to pilot the centre.  The centre also made its own electricity arrangements with its own engineers to supervise the work.

But the bottom line is giving Imolites a new lease on life by providing facilities for early diagnosis. Equipment such as MRI, CT scan, X-ray, Ultra Sound and dialysis machines and many more have been installed.

With the centre in our backyard, Imolites do not need to die anymore from curable or treatable diseases, neither does our Governor and his peers need to travel abroad anymore for head injuries and the like.

However, health is not cheap and cost remains the big challenge. The facility is not a charity; people must pay to access them.  It could cost as much as N60,000 for a kidney patient to have dialysis monthly. The centre promises to reduce cost but for now treatment is not cheap for the average person. In some other countries, patients pay only a fraction of the cost while government pays the rest.

“Government gives a certain amount so that patients who are coming don’t have to pay or may pay about 10%. All over the EU and also in our country nobody pays for dialysis,” the Israeli recalled.

Another challenge facing the centre is Nigeria’s corruption. Since, it is a diagnostic centre and not a hospital; patients will have to be referred by doctors, some of who demanded a ten percent for every patient sent to the centre.

“Our sales marketing lady went to see doctors today and they told her, ‘if you want to see patients, you have to pay us 10 per cent’. It’s sad! You give a doctor 10 per cent and he will send even people that don’t need the service. If we get N60,000,  he gets 6,000 for every patient. He will send every patient. For us it will be good business but this is not in our culture.  If he says 5% it is okay but 10%? Who will pay for it?” He demanded.

The centre is also seriously challenged by the absence of a culture of medical check-up in our society. Nigerians wait until their health deteriorates before seeing a doctor. Check-up is not the norm.

“In the West, people keep themselves healthy. Not being healthy is like losing money or property. You must know what’s going on in your body – your sugar, salt, cholesterol and blood pressure. You must check the pressure in your eyes for glaucoma or you may get up one day and can’t see and it’s too late.” he explained.

Healthcare is expensive in Nigeria and, with high unemployment the average person relies on God and self medication to keep alive.

“You know what a Nigerian does?” The Israeli queried. “He wakes up in the morning, his hands are moving, legs moving and he’s seeing so he thinks he’s alright.  But ask him, ‘when did you do a blood check last?’ He says, ‘to tell you the truth, I don’t remember’.”

That is the problem.  For this medical centre to survive, Imolites must patronize it. Government must work out a plan to help people access the service at a reasonable cost, otherwise the Governor’s good intention will turn to another white elephant – a monumental waste!

However we are grateful to the governor for his thoughtfulness and vision in this project. We urge everyone to take full advantage of the services of this centre and ensure a healthy living.


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  1. Rose Aru

    October 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm


    I’m Miss Rose Aru,

    I’m living in England, I have been dialysing for the last nine years in England. I come from Imo State-Nigeria,

    Basically I would be grateful for information about diasylisng at this centre as I plan to visit in Dec 2015..

    I have enclosed my my email and hope to be hearing from you soon.

    Thanks very much

  2. Sunny Peters

    February 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I have cardiovascular disease since 2012. I do not know if, Ochiedike can handle my case although I have Cardiologist but I don’t want to involve him. I need a reply from you.

  3. Jenny

    January 10, 2016 at 12:32 am

    we noticed a lump in my mother’s left breast since December 2014… can we book an appointment online before we come.. To avoid too much travel inconveniences

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Covid-19 robs 2020 Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo lecture of usual festivities



2020 Odenigbo with Archbishop Obinna

…Half a loaf better than no bread at all – Archbishop Obinna

By Emeka Ani

The usual pomp and pageantry that characterize the Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo lecture did not feature this year due to Covid-19 pandemic, thus leading to a low-key celebration.

Not only that the usual lecture did not hold, the “Odenigbo Eve,” which usually involves a variety of cultural entertainment, including dances, drama, singing and wrestling contests did not feature at all; Covid-19 emebiela ihe!

But according to Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and founder, Odenigbo lecture series, who filled the gap created by the absence of this year’s lecture, “kama ehi mmadu ga-agbafucha, o ka mma igbubiri ya odu”. (It is better to accept less than one wants or expects than to have nothing at all.)

The Owerri Archdiocesan Day is an annual celebration to commemorate the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri to an Archdiocese. The celebration began in 1996.
According to Archbishop Obinna, the “arch-ness bestowed on the diocese was an invitation challenge to root the gospel of salvation deep into our lives and culture, to purify, rectify and sanctify every part of our culture, to reject what is evil, harmful and inhuman therein.”

This year, the Archdiocesan Day, which was held on Saturday September 5, began with a thanksgiving Mass as usual at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. It was presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna assisted by the Catholic Bishop of Aba, Most Rev. Augustine Echema and the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe, Episcopal Vicars and several priests.

The Cathedral, unlike in the past was half-filled following directives by the Archdiocese that only those invited would be admitted to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 protocols, especially physical distancing.

In his homily at the Mass, Bishop Echema described Owerri as a special Archdiocese that produced two bishops in one year; a reference to the appointment of Bishop Chikwe and himself in 2019.

Commending Archbishop Obinna for establishing Odenigbo lecture series, Bishop Echema highlighted the importance of native language, saying there is correlation between language and culture.

Bishop Echema emphasized the importance of native language in evangelization and advised ndigbo to take Igbo Language seriously, speak Igbo, write Igbo and dream in Igbo, because “when one dreams in a language, it shows that one understands not only the language but also the culture of the people.”

The thanksgiving Mass was followed by fund-raising for archdiocesan projects especially the building of a new Archdiocesan Secretariat, a minor seminary and a monastery, after which the faithful relocated to the Obiri-Odenigbo for refreshment and a talk in place of the 2020 Odenigbo lecture which was to be delivered by Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, Papal Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago. Because of the coronavirus and the total lockdown, the lecturer could not arrive Nigeria for the lecture, titled: Otu Chukwu: Otu Obara, Mbikozi Umu Mmadu. The lecture has now been differed to 2021.

However, in its place and to ensure this year’s Odenigbo is not totally a failure, Archbishop Obinna delivered what he called a “Talk” but eventually became a lecture. He titled it: ODENIGBO: ENYEMAKA PURUICHE N’IJI ASUSU IGBO EZISAZI – ANABATACHA OZIOMA KRISTI.

In the 57-page lecture, which he delivered with the same vigor and vitality as he did in 2000 when he delivered that year’s Odenigbo lecture – “UJUNWA: Anuri Uwa Niile,” Archbishop Obinna, explained that the need to intensify and expand the saving work of Christ among ndigbo and within the Igbo religio-cultural context through Igbo Language gave rise to Odenigbo.

He commended the white missionaries for bringing the Goodnews of salvation to Igboland and elsewhere even though they did not give much attention to the use of Igbo Language in evangelization, apart from the Catechism and other publications like Ndu Dinwenu Anyi.

Archbishop Obinna recalled with nostalgia, a historical event which took place on September 20, 1970 during the Episcopal ordination of Bishop Mark Unegbu at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Emekuku.

“That day was unforgettable in the use of Igbo Language and Igbo music and instrument to celebrate Mass. For the first time, since 1885 Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Otito Diri Chineke n’elu kacha elu) was sung in Igbo (instead of Latin) with Igbo instrument amid jubilation.

Describing Christ as Odenigbo, Odenuwa, Amarachi Obinna said, he (Christ) has freed ndigbo from ancient and modern fears, occasioned by traditions and customs that terrorize and hold ndigbo captive.

Concluding the lecture, he observed that the modern darkness we see today is based on stupidity and pride, when some people want to recreate themselves, do whatever they like, without fear of God or man because of greed, modernity, science and technology.

“We had thought that the end of Nigeria-Biafra war will bring peace to the country but unfortunately there is still fear and anxiety in Igboland and Nigeria, people are living in fear, the world is living in fear.”

For man to have peace of mind and live in peace, in a world full of fear, the lecturer said there was need for us to receive the light of Christ and gift of the spirit; take the word of God seriously and live a life of humility, devoid of pride based on academic qualifications, scientific and technological discoveries and material acquisitions.

“These will give way to a life of humility, love and mercy and the beauty of the world created by God will manifest in you and in the society.”

“It is only in the gospel message of Christ – who is Odenuwa and Odenigbo that one can proudly say; “The world is beautiful (Uwa Amaka), he said.

In a vote of thanks, the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe said the standing ovation that greeted the Archbishop’s special lecture was a proof that the talk was well delivered and well received, adding that the Archbishop is always at home with Igbo Language.

The takeaway of the lecture, according to Bishop Chikwe, was that Igbo Language is beautiful and its beauty was rooted in Christ, the Odenigbo, who is neither white nor black.
Though Mbem Odenigbo (Odenigbo Anthem) and Ekwe Odenigbo did not feature at the lecture, the cultural dance by the CWO of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Egbeada entertained the audience, thus giving the occasion a semblance of Odenigbo celebration.

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HRH Eze Peter Opara inaugurates cabinet



HRH Eze Peter Opara  inaugurates cabinet

…As traditional leadership gets boost at Umunumo Ancient Kingdom

By Magnus Ibe

The Traditional leadership of Umunumo Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State received a resounding boost on Sunday August 23, as the cabinet members were formally inaugurated by HRH, Eze Peter Chima Opara (Eze Udo II).

The assemblage of top brass personalities into the cabinet is indicative of robust prospects for the growth and development of the Ancient Autonomous Community.

Inaugurating the members of the Eze-in-Council, the Royal Father charged the inductees to shun personal interest and put the community in the front burner for a rapid transformation and development. He enjoined the cabinet members to be proactive, articulative and dogged about the welfare of the community, employment and empowerment of the youths so that a new chapter is enacted.

According to him, many are called, but few are chosen. He charged them to move the community to the next level by articulating right attitude and formulate policies that will accelerate the development of the community. He cautioned against indolence and insubordination that can retard the unity and development of the community.

HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara with Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu and other priests

HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara with Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu and other priests

In his remarks, the President-General of the Town, Chief Godwin Uwah working in synergy with the royal father advised that the various Town Unions leadership should synergize and work in one page with the cabinet members. Chief Godwin Uwah observed that membership of cabinet is subject to review every four years.

Among the cabinet members comprise Chief Godwin Uwah PG, Sir MCN Asawalam (KSM), Chief Chidi Ogueri, Chief Sir Emmanuel Ibe, Chief Aloka Alexander, Nze H.D. Eze, Mr. Emeto K. Michael, Nze Godwin Amaku, Mr. Columba Ohazurike, Chief Mel Daimeon Osuji (Omereoha), Hon Ononamadu Emeka Joseph, Chief Peter Crown Duru, Chief Romanus Ogueri, Comrade Godwin Ihekwoaba, Nze Romanus Chukwu, Nze Vincent Ukah, Chief E. Evaristus Okafor, Chief S. Okele, Nze Clement Iwueze, Hon Felix Iwuji, Chief S. Obikaonu, Hon Kelechi Iwueze, Mr. Joseph Obi Onyema (Deputy PG), ACP H. Agbiogwu, Chief M.C. Okoro, Nze Nneji Boniface, Nze Charles Nwokoro, Nze Edmund Nwokeke, Chief Joseph Anosike, Chief M. Dingwo, Chief Columbia Isikuma, Chief Oliver Agbaso, Ichie Bernard Nwohiri, Nze Titus Iwunze, Chief Romanus Ijejiobi and all village chairmen constitute members of the enlarged cabinet. HRH Eze P. Alozie, Abunumo I graced the event.

In a vote of thanks, Chief Mel-Daimeon Osuji, promised on behalf of the members of the Eze’s cabinet to live above board like Caesar’s wife. He observed that he was humbled to speak on behalf of the top brass personalities who constitute the Eze-in-Council and also made a personal donation of one million naira.

Centre: HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara (Ezeudo II) with the cabinet  members, Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu & Eze & Ugoeze P.O. Alozie (Ebunumo I)

Centre: HRH Eze & Ugoeze Peter Chima Opara (Ezeudo II) with the cabinet
members, Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu & Eze & Ugoeze P.O. Alozie (Ebunumo I)

In his contribution, Hon. Emeka Joseph Ononammadu, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Enugu State, who is also a member of the cabinet made a mouthwatering financial support and others including Sir. M.C.N. Asawalam donated handsomely.

Inducting the new cabinet members, Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the Royal Father and the cabinet members.

He eulogized the royal father for putting God first in his nascent leadership. He admonished the PG and the members of the Eze-in-Council to ensure peace and unity in their various domain. He spoke against injustice, insubordination and manipulative divisive tendencies that will sow seed of discord in the community. He prayed God to bless the royal father with the Wisdom of Solomon.

Msgr. Ofoegbu prayed for longitivity, peace and development of Umunumo Ama-Iri community. He cautioned against sectionalism and maltreatment of widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.

Traditional cuisine of palm wine, Ugba with stockfish and other local delicacies were served to all and sundry. Eze & Ugoeze Ekwunno, Eze Umuezeala Oguara graced the event amid pomp and pageantry.

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St. Michael’s Choir Umuaro wins singing competition



St. Michael's Choir Umuaro wins singing competition
By Magnus Ibe

Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu presided over the activities heralding the Silver Jubilee anniversary celebration of Rev. Sr. Mary Ifechukwudere Emeribe which kicked-off at St. Charles Parish Umunumo, Ehime Mbano LGA Saturday August 29, with worship and praises to the glory of God with a singing competition among four parishes.

Msgr. Ofoegbu, the Dean of Ehime Deanery expressed profound gratitude to God for His mercies and goodness culminating in the silver jubilee anniversary celebration of Rev. Sr. Emeribe of Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy congregation (DMMM) who is billed to mark the 25th year anniversary celebration of her profession in December.

The event was graced by Rev. Frs. Paschal Nwaobasi, Boniface Edomobi, Nnamdi Anyanwu, Andrew Agbiogwu who extolled the Silver Jubilarian for keeping faith and for being involved in the spread of evangelism. He appreciated her niece for commencing her celebration with the singing competition among the parishes in her home Umunumo community.

The competing parish choirs included: St. Charles Parish Choir Umunumo led by David Ohaeri, St. Ignatius Parish Choir Ibeafor Umunumo led by Okorie Damian, St. Michael’s Parish Choir Umuaro-Umunumo headed by Jim Nnorom and St. Theresa’s Parish Choir Umuoma Nzerem led by Fidelis Osuji.

In her remarks prior to the commencement of the competition, Rev. Sr. Emeribe observed that the event marks the beginning of the celebration heralding her profession and consecration in the Lord’s vineyard. According to her, she was motivated by St. Augustine who said that “whoever sings well, prays twice.”

According to her, she started the induction of the four competing parish choirs on March 23, 2020. She posited that she was motivated to help upgrade the choir because most times, “external” choirs were hired to animate Eucharist worship at burials and weddings due to the poor and inferior choir at the locality.

She disclosed that she included St. Theresa’s choir Umuoma Nkerem because she served there for over ten years. She observed that even participating choirs will have a token of appreciation and a certificate of participation. She said the star prize of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) goes to the eventual winner of the competition in addition to the customized trophy.

According to her, her intentions to help groom a central choir from the whole Umunumo Ama-Iri community and she hopes that the competition will become an annual event.

The team of judges from Abia State led by Nath Nwoko (Rochobath) included, Amarachi Udochika and Obinna Osisiogu.

At the end of the competition, the choir from St. Michael’s Parish Umuaro won the first prize and were given the their prize money after each choir rendered five Christian renditions each.

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