A Nigerian church, the Omega Power Ministry, has opened a specialist hospital for pregnant women.
The hospital, according to the General Overseer of OPM, Apostle Chinyere Chibuzor, will attend to all pregnant women irrespective of their religion or class.
Chibuzor explained that the hospital, located in Omuohunwo village in Aluu, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, had been equipped with modern facilities that would help to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in the country.
The cleric explained that funds used to put the health facility in place was generated through offerings and tithes by members of his church.
He promised that more funds would be generated to sustain the services that would be rendered by health workers at the hospital.
“By the grace of God, OPM free schools have run for over nine years and we sustained it with church offerings. We started with one and moved to two and 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, why not use the same money to run and sustain it?
“If we can sustain the schools 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. This is a specialist hospital. Why we are making it a specialist hospital is because the rate of maternal death is unbelievable. How can a woman carry a pregnancy for nine months without going to a hospital? Sometimes, they (pregnant women) are delivered of their babies at home and they die.
“We have employed professionals. We don’t want to compromise standard. We have engaged the best hands in the field and they will give good services here,” Chibuzor said.
The cleric added, “All the rooms are en suite and fully equipped. The hospital has a high standard. We have also made arrangements that when a woman is delivered of her baby 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.”
The Consultant Radiologist, Head of Radiology Department, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Dr. Enighe Ugboma, observed that the hospital could boast of qualified personnel and equipment to achieve its purpose of ending maternal mortality.