The University of Toledo Ohio USA has recognized the contributions made by Dr Chimezie Okwuonu through his generous financial contributions to the University of Toledo Foundation. 

In a letter dated 9th April, 2021and signed by the President of the University of Toledo Foundation, Brenda S. Lee, the University thanked Dr Okwuonu for supporting the University in improving human condition in the region and the world. "Your contributions will make a difference in the lives of our students, patients and our community".


Reacting to the appreciation, Dr Chimezie Okwuonu, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, Abia State Chapter, appreciated the letter from the University foundation. He called on Nigerians to use any opportunity to contribute to humanity from the immediate environment to the global world. Through the Beatitudes Kidney Foundation, Dr Okwuonu has rendered free dialysis over a period of one month each year for 3 consecutive years, with 62 patients with kidney failure benefiting from such magnanimity.

He said that the motivation behind his financial support was the training he freely received from the University of Toledo on Kidney transplantation in 2017 at the University of Toledo Medical Centre Ohio USA. He emphasized that the training, facilitated through the past Medical Director Dr Chuku Abali, Dr Obinna Ekwenna and James Umekwe has enabled  the Federal Medical Center Umuahia to successfully perform 10 kidney transplant surgeries. 



This feat, the first and only in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, has been sustained by the current Medical Director, Dr Onyebuchi Azubuike; and has placed FMC Umuahia in an enviable position in the Nigerian Health Care System. 

So it is obvious that University of Toledo has done great to Abia State and need some appreciation. He therefore called on all Abians to donate to University of Toledo Foundation as  a way of giving back to an establishment which have blessed all of us in this part of the world.

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