‘Late Prof. Joseph Asuquo, A Builder Who Has Contributed Immensely To Cross River Health Sector’ — Betta Edu
As the remains of the late Prof. Etetim Etim Joseph Asuquo is to be laid to rest, the Deputy Governor of the State Prof. Ivara Ejemot Esu has extended his condolences and that of the entire State to the family of Late Former CMD Joseph Etetim Asuquo as well as the Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology department of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and her entire Management Staff. Speaking during the Public Lecture and Tributes organized by UCTH, Prof. Ejemot who was ably represented by the State’s Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu described the late Prof. Joseph Asuquo as a Father to many, a mentor, a man of peace and a gentle giant.
“The Government of Cross River State mourns the demise of an Icon and a builder who has contributed immensely to the health sector of CRS and Nigeria at large. Prof. Joseph Asuquo is an outstanding Achiever and a Scholar who was best in Academics and Sports, a man whose presence will always be felt yet very humble and remained a gentle giant till death.
“We’ll never forget his wonderful bedside delight as he makes his patients laugh and feel happy always. His rising to the position of the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee in 1995 and Chief Medical Director thereafter shows the level of commitment during his time. Prof. Joseph Asuquo is an astute Researcher and Reader, a popular lecturer with many lecturing skills who reviewed thousands of Journals, made numerous changes especially in the Accident and Emergency Unit of the UCTH as well as the entire Hospital.
“His friendly nature to students, his mentorship and leadership prowess will forever remain green in our heart as he has brought a generational change through his devotion to work. we’ll forever miss his wisdom and good counsel both as a State and in the health sector.
As a government, we condole with his entire family and the Management Staff of UCTH while we recall that to die is even a greater gain as Prof. Joseph has gone to be with the Lord. The World is just a stage that we all will bow out some day. He’ll always be remembered and his loss is to all cross riverians and Nigeria at large. Dr Edu added.
Prof. Etetim Etim Joseph Asuquo died at age 70 and was a formal CMD of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital after serving as CMAC in 1995, a gentle giant, a pace setter and an astute scholar who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the health sector.
Highlight of the event was the announcement of the CMD Prof Ikpeme that the Labour ward complex of UCTH will be named after the late CMD to immortalize him, followed by an official commissioning of the newly named Labour Ward Complex in the department of Obstetric and Gynaecology “Prof. Etetim Etim Joseph Asuquo Labour Ward Complex” Dr Edu Commended the CMD Prof Ikpeme and the entire UCTH Management for going a step further to immortalize Prof. Asuquo, thanked them for the effort and support towards the family. “Every woman who goes through this Ward to deliver must come out alive as well as all Children born in this Ward” Dr Edu prayed.