St. Mary's Children & Community Hospital

Umuowa, Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria

2019 World Sight Day. (October 2019)

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and Vision Impairment, and it is held on the second Thursday in October each year. It was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000. 
World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment for VISION 2020 : The Right to Sight, a global initiative created by WHO  and the international agency for the prevention of Blindness (IAPB) .
This year’s World Sight Day will be on Thursday 10 October 2019 , and the theme this year is Vision First!
Blindness is the state or condition of being unable to see because of an injury or disease to the eye while Visual impairment is a decrease in the ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means such as glasses.  
Today, about 36 million people across the globe are blind. Four out of five cases of blindness are avoidable. That means 80 percent of people who are blind should not have lost their sight.
Another 217 million people have moderate to severe vision impairment (MSVI). This means they are not completely blind, but have limited vision.
The major causes of preventable blindness include:
•Uncorrected refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
•Unoperated cataracts, which is a clouding of the eye’s lens that requires surgery to correct
•Glaucoma, a disease that destroys the optic nerve carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. 
In Nigeria, the most common cause of avoidable blindness is cataract. According to the Nigerian National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey, cataract accounts for 43% of all causes of avoidable blindness in Nigeria. Cataract has myriad causes but the most commons are old age, trauma, diabetes, local eye disease as well as irradiation. Although, cataract can occur at any age but the age-related cataract is the most common and most often has a good visual potential after surgical removal. The symptoms of cataract include hazy vision which may be worst in a dim or lit environment, glare and presence of whitish spot inside dark part of the eye ball. The good story about age-related cataract is the fact that the condition is curable by surgery and blindness from it can therefore be prevented and avoided.
Uncorrected refractive errors account for 43 percent of global cases of preventable blindness, unoperated cataracts cause about 33 percent of avoidable blindness cases, and glaucoma is responsible for 2 percent of needless blindness.
Diabetic retinopathy is becoming a major cause of preventable blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects people with diabetes, a condition characterized by fluctuating blood sugar levels. At high levels, the sugar in blood can damage the blood vessels in the light-sensitive layer of tissue lining the back of the eye. About 285 million people worldwide have diabetes; about one-third of these individuals have diabetic retinopathy and another third show signs of the vision-robbing disease.
Approximately 90 percent of visually impaired people live in impoverished nations like Nigeria. About 65 percent of people with visual impairments are aged 50 and older.Approximately 19 million children are visually impaired; 12 million of these cases of childhood visual impairment are the result of easily diagnosable and treatable refractive errors. About 1.4 million children have irreversible, lifelong vision loss.
As part of activities to mark this day , St Marys Children and Community Hospital Umuowa Orlu will be offering FREE EYE CARE SCREENINGS from 7-11 OCTOBER 2019 at the newly opened world class EYE CENTRE opened in the hospital.  This will help ensure early , accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment and prevention of avoidable blindness and preserving Sight.  At St Marys Eye Centre, we provide the best eye care services including highly specialized diagnostics, treatment and surgeries. 
Vision First. 
Leave No One Behind.  
By Dr Ahunanya Judith. (OD)

Quality Control Department (September 2019)


Quality can mean many things to many people and is usually described as an attribute or a property. In healthcare, quality refers to the extent to which healthcare services are provided to individuals and patient populations to improve health outcomes. The role of quality management at St Mary's Hospital is to support the healthcare team as they continually strive to improve their processes of healthcare delivery. Essentially our quality team monitors and evaluates trends within the hospital and focuses on improving our patients' experiences at the hospital and increasing overall customer satisfaction. Our quality management department is headed by Missy Uwaoma, BSN, RN, and includes representatives from customer service and infection prevention.

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International Collaboration (September, 2019)

Our hospital has International Partners who aid the Delivery of Healthcare to our community. A German Midwife Esther Muller has been with us and is coordinating the mother and child care department and service. Dr. Piet Reijer was also in the hospital.






Training For Nurses (August 2019)

Training For Nurses (August 2019)

There was a 3 day training for our nurses, organized by favoured healthcare service, Georgia USA.

The director of favour care chief Eddy Okwaraoha was present with other member of his team to train our nurses on evolving healthcare nursing principle and care in line with global best practices.

















2019 International Medical Mission (August 2019)


St Marys hospital Umuowa Orlu has concluded the 2 weeks International Medical Mission which took place from 29th July to 8th August 2019. 
Highlights included 
- Commissioning Of The Newly Built Ultramodern Eye Centre and Physiotherapy Centre






- Exposure Of The Vision 2025 Plan Of Making The Hospital The Best  Hospital In The Zone In 2025. 

- Unveiling Of Multifarious Medical Equipment Newly Installed In Radiology, Critical Care, Orthopedics, Emergency, Laboratory, Dialysis, Ophthalmology, Physiotherapy and Many Other Departments 


Inception Of The Dialysis And Intensive Care Units 




- Unveiling Of The Wall Of Honors 


- Eye Surgeries and Treatment 

- Partnership With AMA Foundation 


- Commissioning Of The Newly Built Senior Staff Quarters 


- Community Health Treatment programs 

Participation Of International Medical Professionals  etc.

Guests included the Executive Governor Of Imo State represented by the SSGI Hon Uche Onyeagocha and the Commissioner for health Dr Vin Udokwu, lots of bishops, priests , and other traditional and government dignitaries.




2019 International Medical Mission(August 2019)

The 2019 International Medical Mission of the hospital will be inaugurated on the 3rd of August 2019. The ceremony will also feature the following:

-          Commissioning of the newly built world class Eye Care & Physiotherapy Centre.

-          Exposure of the multifarious super – Equipped Medical Equipments.

-          Commissioning of the newly built Senior Staff Quarters.

-          Unveiling of the Hall of Honors.

-          Foundation laying ceremony of the Dialysis/ Intensive Units.

The ceremonies promise to be great event.

New Equipment in our hospital(July 2019)

The hospital took delivery of many highly developed and modern equipment which are being installed in the hospital. These include diagnostic, therapeutic, monitoring and theatre /surgical gadgets and accessories. These are include Dialysis machines, Mammography, Endoscopy, laparascopy, blood transfusion/ components system, Modular theatre, C arm/fluoroscopy and cardiac monitoring devices.

It is expected that on completion of these installation, the hospital will help to stop external medical tourism of our sick population.



National Health Insurance Scheme Registration Approval (June, 2019)

The National Health Insurance Scheme has appointed our hospital as a participating health care service provider in the National Health Insurance scheme both as a primary and secondary health care provider. This will greatly help to provide accessible and qualitative health care services to the large number of people under this scheme.

Establishment Of Quality Management Department (May, 2019)

The hospital has established a Quality Control and Management department in line with global best practices in maintaining the requisite standards in Healthcare management. Earlier in the month, the Medical Director had attended an International Conference with the institute of Medical science (IMSA) to put the hospital in the best position for expected zenith of medical excellence.

Meeting Of Management Board Of Hospital(April, 2019)

The meeting of the Board of Management of the hospital was held during the month. The board noted the giant strides and positive indices of growth recorded by the hospital St. Mary’s Hospital Umuowa is being positioned to be the center of excellence in Medicare and the best private tertiary health center in the zone.

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