Bishop laments neglect, destruction of Ondo Catholic hospital
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Jude Arogundade, has appealed to the individuals, corporate bodies as well as other stakeholders to assist in rebuilding and upgrading St. Louis Catholic Hospital, Owo, Ondo State.
The cleric said the government’s takeover of the hospital 20 years ago had not helped the faith-based hospital.
Arogundade said this while speaking on the celebration of 70th anniversary of the hospital held at the Bishop Court, Akure.
He said, “For 70 years, St. Louis Catholic Hospital, Owo has upheld values at the heart of Catholic identity in providing health care services to the people of this state and others who come seeking medical care. It was established in November 1951 by the Catholic Mission to cater to the health of the people of Owo.
“The Hospital was later upgraded to a school of midwifery, with the aim of training the young locals to care for pregnant women until delivery.
“The Hospital/School of Midwifery was later taken over by the government of Nigeria in 1974/75 and upgraded to a school of nursing and midwifery, and later moved it to Akure.
“St. Louis Hospital was later returned to the Catholic Mission in August of 1995 after so much damage and ruin of its infrastructure and equipment. Reconstruction and renovation by the church is a task that is still ongoing and we look up to people of goodwill to assist us to serve the people better.”
As part of the activities to mark the 70th anniversary, the bishop said the hospital had offered free medical surgeries to the people of the state.