Who We Are

About Us

Dr Nlogha Okeke Memorial Medical Foundation (DNOMMF) a non-profit medical institution is a patient-centered hospital, where patients are provided with affordable and reliable Health Care irrespective of their status.

Vision & Focus

Providing affordable, quality medical services to the people.   

Many in Nigeria now die of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, due to late or lack of diagnosis because of a lack of facilities and equipment. Many deaths due to diabetes, and prostate and breast cancers occur because the patients come for treatment after irreversible damage has occurred.  A recent World Health Organization study puts the average life expectancy for both Nigerian men and women at about 43 years of age.   

At present, only the privileged few with the finances are able to travel overseas or avail themselves of the very few high-cost facilities in Nigeria for medical treatment and diagnostic services. Our goal and focus of providing affordable, quality medical services to the people have spawned a vision to build a major Diagnostic Center. This Diagnostic Center will be a state-of-the-art center of excellence and will provide a much-needed service in Nigeria and some neighboring West African countries. 

DNOMMF’s vision of establishing a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Center is a result of the state of affairs in the Nigerian medical environment. Such a center will provide life-saving detection and monitoring services that will play a major role in reducing the death rate in the country.  

This vision requires the building and equipping of a Diagnostic Center with such equipment as CAT Scanners, MRI, Echocardiographs, ECG, EEG, flexible gastro endoscopes, bronchoscopes, colon scopes, laryngoscopes, CD4 counters, blood analyzers, spectrophotometers, x-ray diagnostic machines, micro colorimeter, etc.

How to Help

  1. By grants from Foundations and from benevolent Individuals.
  2. By the donation of equipment and supplies from hospitals and from manufacturers.
  3. By sponsoring medical specialists and technicians to Nigeria to train Nigerian professionals in the use and maintenance of the equipment.
  4. Have a medical Institution in the US affiliate with the Dr. Nlogha Okeke Memorial Medical Foundation or “adopt” it. Contact DNOMMF for more information.
  5. Providing financial support.

Hospital History

The hospital was established in 1963 as a 98-bed non-profit hospital and called the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre (ENMC), located in Enugu, South Eastern Nigeria. . It flourished with the help of various international organizations and governments including the British Foreign Office, the West German Government, the Canadian Government, the Cabot Foundation to name a few. The hospital was able to achieve its mission of providing affordable health care to the people and to international bodies including the US Peace Corps members then serving in Nigeria.  As a result of its quality service to the community, it was the first non-governmental hospital in Eastern Nigeria approved by the government for the training of Medical Interns.

Unfortunately, as a result of the Nigerian Civil War (1966-1970) and changes in government, it not only lost all its equipment but was taken over by the government. Before this sad era, it was about the best-equipped and staffed hospital in Nigeria primarily due to its international support. It took many years of tireless effort by the ENMC Board of Trustees and its founder, Dr. N.E. Okeke, MD, a United States-trained surgeon, for the authorities to return the hospital to the ENMC Board of Trustees in 1976. It has been a monumental struggle to bring the hospital back to its past state when it provided affordable quality service to the people.

Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre - The Product of Destiny

On July 18, 2007, Dr. Nlogha E. Okeke departed and went to be with the Lord. In his memory, the hospital’s Board of Trustees voted to rename the hospital to Dr. Nlogha Okeke Memorial Medical Foundation (DNOMMF), this change was affected in February 2016. His legacy and vision: to provide affordable, quality medical services to the population, many of whom cannot pay for the care provided; he lives on as he planned. This vision is daunting considering the country's current economic climate; but the hospital’s Board of Trustees along with its friends are motivated, focused, and working relentlessly to achieve the vision. Now more than ever this hospital needs your support.

Message from Dr. Nlogha E. Okeke:

On the day of my graduation from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, a lady walked up to me and offered me accommodation in her home if I could gain admission into any of the three medical schools in Boston, Massachusetts. I jumped at the offer; she then introduced herself as the wife of the then Episcopalian Bishop of Massachusetts, Rt. Rev. Norman B. Nash. Subsequently, having gained admission to the Boston University Medical School, my five years stay with them influenced my life greatly.

The seed of establishing a private non-profit hospital, that could help to improve the standard of medical practice in Nigeria, was sown in my mind by the late Chief Medical Director of Medical Services in the former Eastern Region of Nigeria, who visited Boston in 1957, where I was undergoing my surgical training.. When I met him, he had to introduce himself to me as I did not know him in Nigeria, he requested that I promise him that on completion of my surgical training, I would return to Nigeria not to work for the government but to establish a hospital that would demonstrate to both existing government and private hospitals that we could improve the standards of medical practice by emphasizing human values of sympathy, love and medical ethics. Before he left Boston, I had to make the promise of taking on the challenge that he posed to me.

Following the above promise, I reached out to some contacts in 1958 whom I felt would support this dream. As a result, the Nigerian-American Hospital Foundation was set up. The Foundation was incorporated in Massachusetts on June 16, 1960, with the noble objective of establishing a non-profit hospital in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria.

On my return to Nigeria late in 1960, I presented my vision and plan to the then Premier of the Eastern Region, the late Dr. M.I. Okpara. The plan received the government’s support and towards this end, it leased 11.98 acres of land for this purpose and also recommended a bank that gave me the loan to construct a 98-bed hospital. The government stood as surety for the loan. In 1963, the hospital was commissioned by the Premier of Eastern Nigeria, the late Dr. M.I. Okpara.  Registered as a non-profit hospital, which it still is, it received several donations from individuals, organizations, and governments.

Prior to the Nigerian civil war, the hospital gave orientation training to the first two U.S. doctors who took care of Peace Corps Volunteers in Nigeria. Any sick Peace Corps volunteer was treated at the hospital. I was invited to the State Department in Washington to give my advice on the medical care of the Peace Corps Volunteers before they were sent to Nigeria. We trained two Peace Corps doctors that took care of the health problems of the volunteers. Groups of American doctors and nurses volunteered and worked in the hospital during the summers. Many American doctors worked at the hospital -- often for two years. One of them Dr. Terence James Hadley still keeps in touch with us. The first dentists and first radiologists that worked with us were American citizens. Many Filipinos and Indian doctors have also worked at the hospital. They all gave very dedicated and committed service. Unfortunately, now that the Nigerian currency has been drastically devalued, very few Nigerian institutions can afford to hire foreign professionals.

The main aim and objective of the hospital, as is stated in its Certificate of Incorporation, is to “provide for all manner of people a non-profit voluntary hospital to be established and managed at Enugu and known as the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre. The administration of the hospital has kept this policy up till today.

In 1966, a civil war broke out in Nigeria and which ended in 1970. At the end of the Nigeria civil war, the then Military Government had taken over and occupied the hospital until 1976. The then Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, subsequently returned the hospital to the Board of Trustees of ENMC. He believed that the hospital would be better at rendering valuable service in its private capacity. When the hospital was handed back to the Board of Trustees of ENMC, the hospital buildings were in a dilapidated state and the military government could not account for all the equipment that it was previously stocked with. With the little compensation paid by the military government, we started to rehabilitate the structures in the hospital. The cost of rehabilitating the hospital was more than the cost of building it. Again, the Nigerian-American Hospital Foundation played a major role in the re-equipping of the hospital. The Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief, the Episcopal Church, New York donated a blood bank (which is still in use) and later, a portable ultrasound machine. Chief J.C. Okeke, a Trustee donated all the equipment in the hospital’s eye clinic.

Up to 1985, there were twelve foreign doctors and six Nigerian doctors working at the hospital. When the economy of Nigeria went sour in 1985, we lost all the foreign doctors and most of the foreign specialists in different departments of the hospital.

It is important to note that ENMC was the first private hospital in Nigeria approved by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council to train interns. We still train two each year.

THE HOSPITAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

When the hospital was returned to our control in 1976, we started a non-denominational Christian fellowship program. All the staff of the hospital and ambulatory admitted patients attend the fellowship program every morning. All admitted non-ambulatory patients are visited for fellowship at the bedside by representatives of the fellowship program. Some patients and their relatives have publicly accepted Jesus Christ right here in the hospital. Some have attributed their recovery to prayers of intercession received here. This is one of the most encouraging programs in the hospital. Many hospitals presently are starved of patients because of the weak economy, but we still get patients from villages and towns. We thank God. This is all due to God’s support of the hospital.

UPDATING MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE SEMINARS

Following the opening of this hospital to the public in 1963, we paid attention to having a well-equipped medical library to serve the needs of doctors and professional staff. We subscribed to forty different medical journals and subscribed to pediatric, surgical, medical, and obstetrics-gynecological cassettes yearly. Once a year, we organized seminars in which we chose specialists from all parts of Nigeria to present papers at the seminar. We underwrote their traveling and hotel expenses in Enugu. This we did to encourage participation. The first seminar on carcinoma in West Africans was held in this hospital. During the civil war, all the papers on the seminars held at the hospital were lost.

Due to the downturn in the Nigerian economy, we cannot now afford the money to subscribe to medical journals and cassettes. Of course, we stopped the sponsorship of seminars very long ago due to cost constraints. One of the deficiencies in the medical education and training of doctors in Nigeria is the updating of their medical knowledge.

As early as 1989, we started HIV screening of all blood donors as well as patients. The high cost of buying the lab reagents did not change our policy. But we are very much limited by funds in the volume of work done in this area. General HIV screening service is hampered because of the high cost of the tests. The service should be subsidized by making kits affordable and available.

Today in Nigeria, over 80% of patients seen in hospitals cannot pay any amount however small for their medical treatment. Many of them cannot boast of having three meals daily. Many hospitals cannot replace any of the worn-out equipment due to the poor economy. The unemployment rate has been increasing making the situation worse. The Government, including the Federal Government, finds it difficult to financially support public hospitals, let alone private ones.

With such dire conditions facing the medical practice in Nigeria, the hospital is fervently looking for an existing foundation(s) to adopt our hospital. The former Nigerian - American Foundation is no longer functioning. This makes it difficult for any foundation in the United States to donate any equipment or monies to us. We need such adoption for the hospital to continue to play a philanthropic role in Nigeria.

Today, we want the hospital to become primarily a diagnostic center rather than a treatment center in Enugu. It is a hospital that has great ideas, a hospital that has had a good start, a hospital that was nearly completely grounded by circumstances, a hospital that is now inviting you to help resuscitate it. We will be happy to entertain any questions that you might wish to ask.

Contact With Us

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  • Visit our Location
  • 30 Amaigbo Lane, Uwani, Enugu, Nigeria.