HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL2001
• The initial idea of SMCCH was born in Frechen-Königsdorf, Germany. Immediately after the completion of his studies at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Rev. Fr. Sergius Nnamdi Duru met with his friends who asked him what they could do for him and for his people.
• Rev. Fr. Dr. Sergius Duru had asked them “to help build a children’s hospital in his zone since there is none yet in this region”. And the name “Uzondu” which means “the way to life” was chosen for the hospital project. Uzondu thus becomes the idea of a child and mother hospital for Umuowa Community in Nigeria.
• Rev. Fr. Segius Duru brought home drugs donated by his friends in Germany for the community.
• Free Medical Treatment / Drugs Administration to sick people in Umuowa.
• The women wing of the community released its unfinished health centre they were constructing so that it could be as a temporary site for the hospital project.
• Umuowa Progressive Union appointed a Project Committee in January, 2003, to reconstruct, re-enforce the health centre one story building to be converted to the temporary site of the hospital. The funds were provided by the Germans.
• The name of the hospital was coined – St. Mary’s Children and Community Hospital, dedicated to St. Mary (patroness of our community) and to be a hospital; not for mother and children alone, but for all members of the community.
• Umuowa community hosted Kathi Hoss in April, 2003.
• The traditional council and the Umuowa Progressive Union acquired LAND for the permanent site of the hospital project. The land was donated by the community members.
• A hospital management board was appointed by the town union to oversee the take off, and running of the hospital at the temporary site.
• The hospital; was registered in the State Ministry of health, and obtained a license to operate.
• ON June, 7th 2004, the temporary site of the hospital was opened.
• Construction work, building at the permanent site of the hospital.
• The community members, including women came out regularly to clear the site
• Uzondu e.V and other organizations, friends and community local contributions and money realized from temporary site enabled work to progressively move one.
• October, 7th 2013, the hospital transferred from the temporary site to the permanent site
• November 30th 2013 – Official Inauguration and Commissioning of the permanent site of the hospital by His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, the executive Governor of Imo State
Old Hospital Site
New site Under Construction
Entrance Gate of the Hospital
Front View of Building
Outlay of the Hospital
Medical Records – Reception
Standby Power Generator