WDHB banner to greet Whanganui airport and i-SITE visitors
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From this week, a large display banner featuring Wanganui Hospital medical consultant Dr Chinweuba Ubani will greet national and international visitors passing through Wanganui Airport and Wanganui Visitor Centre.
 
Eager to capitalise on visitors expected to pass through Whanganui during the Rugby World Cup tournament, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) has placed the display banner in the two sites it believes will see high visitor traffic.
 
Nigerian-born Dr Ubani agreed to be the face of the campaign saying he feels well supported, the new hospital facilities are very nice to work in, staff at all levels work well together and the doctors in particular work seamlessly.
 
Beneath Dr Ubani’s testimonial, visitors are asked if they’re a health professional and if they have the skills the WDHB is looking for.
 
Senior medical officer recruitment coordinator Wayne Thompson says Dr Ubani was the ideal person to front the campaign given that he moved to Wanganui from the US specifically to work at Wanganui Hospital.
 
“Dr Ubani enjoys working here very much and he and his wife Edith are extremely happy living in Wanganui,” Mr Thompson says. “We have a very international community at the hospital and Dr Ubani reflects that.
 
“It’s our hope that the display banners will encourage medical staff passing through our city to stop and think about moving to Wanganui Hospital or encourage their friends and family to consider doing so.
 
“Wanganui Hospital puts a great deal of effort and resources into recruiting medical staff and we see the display banner as an extension of that effort.”
 
Mr Thompson says the display banner will remain at both sites after the Rugby World Cup finishes. He sees the campaign as ongoing saying the personality on the banner will be changed each year to keep it fresh.
 
“It’s also a nice way for us to introduce staff members to our community and visitors to Whanganui,” he says.
 
Caption: Dr Chinweuba Ubani is hopeful that the WDHB’s new display banner will draw staff to Wanganui Hospital.