Arrangements have been completed for the formal resumption of academic activities at the Natural Medicine Teaching Hospital (NMTH) Ugwogo Nike.
Promoter of the maiden hospital, Prof. Edmund Agbo, who disclosed this to newsmen while conducting them round the facilities of the institution revealed that the first batch of students would start their studies in September this year.
Speaking during an international conference organized by the International Bio-Research Institute, IBI, Ugwogo Nike, a sister institution to the hospital, Prof. Agbo, said the NMTH had obtained the nod of Nigeria’s federal ministry of health.
The don, who is the Director of Institute of Bioethics at the Madonna University stated that Africa was so much endowed with natural herbs that should be well harnessed for the benefit of the people.
“In this regards, we have concluded the plan for the formal take-off of the Ordinary National Diploma, OND, awarding teaching hospital where our people would be given adequate training on natural herbs,” he noted.
On the activities of the Bio-Research Institute, he said it brings together people from all disciplines to fashion a way out of the myriads of problems facing man.
“Not all that are technically possible are genetically accessible. The man of technology has produced so many things that are now threatening the survival of man in the society.
“So, if something is not done by the same man himself, the society would go into extinction,” he added.
The Professor of bioethics said the institute was opposed to any form of “mercy killing, political killing,” noting that all effort should be made to promote the dignity and sanctity of life.
He aligned himself with the position canvassed by the Catholic Church during the conference as it concerns euthanasia, often referred to as ‘mercy killing’.
A Catholic cleric, the Rev Fr. Anayochukwu Eze, had during his presentation of a paper entitled ‘Bio-ethics and the Teachings of the Catholic Church’, kicked against ‘mercy killing’ describing it as a serious rebellion against the authority of God.
He said only God, the author of life reserved the right to determine when it should end, cautioning that medical practitioners must not engage in any form of mercy killing under the guise of ending suffering.
He said: “only God gives life and only Him has the right to take it. The church believes that no human being should lose his dignity no matter the circumstances; life must be assisted to go on.”
The cleric said the position of the catholic church remained that suffering was part of life, stressing that health workers should do all they can to assist those suffering one form of illness or the other, including terminal ailments.
The conference, first of its kind in Africa, attracted participants from many parts of the world, including a renowned Italian engineer, Nazzareno Ceracchi, who presented a paper on ‘Solar Energy, Bio-energy and the Promotion of Life and Survival of Man.’