By Tony Nyong
UYO â€” A new hospital in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim Local Govern-ment Area has beenÂ built by Akwa Ibom State govern-ment to immortalise the late uncle of Governor Akpabio,Â Dr. Edward Udo Akpabio, whose remains were commit-ted to mother earth, weekend, in his country home.
The ultra-modern hospital is built in remembrance of the late medical doctor who, until his death, was an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), conferred on him by the Federal Government and the President of Medical Elders Group, Akwa Ibom State.
Late Akpabio would be remembered for all his outstanding contributions to the medical profession, community and country at large.
In his tribute, the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, said the govern-ment decided to honour him because when the deceased graduated as a medical doctor in 1957, he was not swept away by the brain drain syndrome but chosed to settle in his community and started Ukana Clinic.
Governor Akpabio noted that such was the strength of his bond with his community and his unremitting commitment to his people, announced governmentâ€™s intention to annex Ukana Clinic to the stateâ€™s general hospital.
Late EdwardÂ was trained in the United Kingdom andÂ had a stint in Jamaica before responding to the inner pull to come and serve his people.
After working in several General Hospitals in Aba , Ogoja, Umuahia, he came back and decided to dwell with his people and let them have the benefit of his skill and training.
Earlier, Evangelist Eyibio Akpan of Church of Christ , Ukana Ikot Ntuen, who preached on eternal life, told people to live a life worthy of emulation to make Heaven a permanent abode. He said:Â â€œThere is a better place than where we are.
The Holy Spirit is saying no matter how long we live on this earth, the end will come one day.
â€œAs long as we live on this earth, we must continue to expect the unexpected- death. Among us, no one knows when he will depart.
However, there is a place for the righteous to live where sorrow and pain are not thereâ€.
The late Dr. Akpabio was 83 years.