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said he couldn?t go out for dinner with his wife without being called to deliver a baby or remove an appendix. He was the jack of all trades in local doctoring, often the only surgeon, gynecologist, and orthopedics guy.

Of his many great achievements, he said that his proudest is all the newborns he?s brought into the world. "I?m very proud that I?ve delivered over 3,000 babies, and many of them are adults now who are having babies themselves."

The populations of Cold Lake, Grand Centre and Medley grew slowly over the years. Dr. Ezeji Okoye said that the John Neil Hospital, with only 29 beds, was overcrowded. He petitioned to have a new 100 bed hospital built. His vision was eventually fulfilled; however, he said that hospitals across the province were later reduced and healthcare Adidas Sl Loop Tiger

"You name it, and I did it all," said Dr. Ezeji Okoye.

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funding cut once Ralph Klein was elected premier.

He explained that the ongoing physician shortage is not a Cold Lake phenomenon, noting that there is an overall shortage nationwide, particularly in rural areas. According to Dr. Ezeji Okoye, attracting qualified doctors is a question of who can offer Adidas Wmns Tech Super Mint Toe the best incentives to come to their community. In this regard, he was critical of Aspen Regional Health. When nearing retirement, Dr. Ezeji Okoye advertised for his replacement in national newspapers and medical journals. A doctor from England agreed to come here, but then, according to Dr. Ezeji Okoye, Aspen reneged on its incentive promises. Similarly, a doctor from Australia interested in setting up a medical practice in Cold Lake was not offered enough to even cover his moving expenses.

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Africa to practice medicine, then went again to England, before working in Saskatchewan for a year. He arrived in Cold Lake on Dec. 29, 1971. At the time Cold Lake?s population was 1,300 and Grand Centre?s was 1,500. There were no paved roads, just mud.

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COLD LAKE Just as Canada is famous for beavers, maple syrup and cold winters, Cold Lake is associated with the grand kinosoo, the marina and Dr. Obuora Ezeji Okoye, a man whose impact on this community has been, arguably, greater than any other.

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Some of Cold Lake?s roads were finally paved for the first time in 1977. Everybody was told to prepare for the "big boom", but he said the boom never happened. Very interested in the politics of the community, Dr. Ezeji Okoye was elected to town council and chaired the economic development committee. He also led the effort to build a senior citizens centre here.

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He admitted that he didn?t intend on staying around very long, but his practice proved successful. Also, his wife Kathleen taught school here. During those early years he was on call seven days a week. He Adidas Rose 4.5 Men's

At the Business of the Year Awards on Feb. 25, the longtime doctor was the first recipient of the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce?s Merit Award.

Now he is finally retired, residing in Edmonton. He said he wants to just relax and take up watercolours. "After 42 years practice, I think I?ve had enough," he said.

"Dr. Margaret Savage had died, and Dr. Wood had left, so there was no doctor around when I arrived," said Dr. Ezeji Okoye.

"He?s (Klein) done more damage than good for healthcare, irreparable damage. Many nurses have left the profession or the province. There?s been a reduction in the number of doctors in graduate school," lamented Dr. Ezeji Okoye.

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