BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT
The Gateway International Church has built a 28-bed space world class hospital in the Elioparanwo area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, with the state-of-the-art X-ray and dialysis machines.
The hospital is also has equipped delivery room, theatre, incubators, emergency unit with patients monitoring device and other equipment was provided to improve health care in the state.
Commissioning the health facility yesterday in Port Harcourt, founder of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja, Dr. Paul Eneche, tasked churches to carry out meaningful projects that would better the Nigerian society, stressing Christians are in complementation not in competition.
Enenche, who said it was important for churches to impact the society positively, stating that the church had done the essence of Christianity.
The cleric noted that missionaries herald good works in all generations, explaining that the best universities in the world were church based institutions, even as he noted that the church was known for impacting the society where it exists positively.
He said, “Missionaries herald good works in all generations. The best universities in the world today are church based institutions. The church is known for impacting the society.
“This effort is highly commendable and exemplary of a church or God. The impact of donation is better than that of consumption. The church of God should preach the word and impact it.”
In his welcome speech, the General Overseer of Gateway International Church, Pastor George Izunwa, noted that the hospital would cater for the health needs of people of the state at a low cost, adding that over 10,000 persons have benefitted from its health outreaches.
Izunwa further disclosed that the church would on Monday commence free surgery programme for all kinds of surgical cases, adding that over 100 persons would benefit from the outreach.
He said, “For many years now we have been on free health outreach for the community. Since we began the free medical outreach 10,000 persons have benefitted. We have also flown many people to India for treatment.
“This facility is to systemise the free medical programme which we have started. We want this hospital to be the most affordable around this place and when people come here they will get healing.
“It will serve the community and affect the state positively. Here will function as a total health centre and it is going to be the cheapest hospital in this city. We are going to start free medical outreach on Monday and 100 people will receive free surgery.”