President Tinubu Okays Boost For Key Health Infrastructure


BY EDMOND ODOK – President Bola Tinubu has approved the immediate upgrade of key health infrastructure and equipment across all six geo-political zones in line with his administration’s vision of overhauling the health and social welfare sector for enhanced service delivery to all Nigerians.

According to the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, upgrading health infrastructure and equipment is a top priority of President Tinubu’s Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative.

Ngelale said in a statement that to advance this landmark effort, the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) will carry out the comprehensive upgradation of cancer-treatment infrastructure and other critical developments in six tertiary hospitals across several geopolitical zones, in addition to the full renovation and expansion of prior investments to improve broad-based access to high-quality healthcare in all six geo-political zones of the federation.

The following teaching hospitals across geo-political zones have been marked for the establishment of oncology and nuclear medicine centres per facility as part of President Tinubu’s bid to ensure that world-class cancer diagnosis and care are accessible across the country.

These are (1) University of Benin Teaching Hospital; (2) Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital; (3) University of Nigeria (Nsukka) Teaching Hospital; (4) Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina; (5) University of Jos Teaching Hospital; and (6) Lagos University Teaching Hospital,

Additionally, the Presidential aide said the following ten critical healthcare service expansion projects across the fields of radiology, clinical pathology, medical and radiation oncology, and cardiac catheterization will be carried out in ten hospitals across all geo-political zones.

These include (1) North-West: Reference Hospital, Kaduna — (Radiology, clinical pathology, medical and radiation oncology); (2) South-East: Medical Diagnostic Centre Complex, Enugu — (Radiology, clinical pathology, medical & radiation oncology); (3) North-West: Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto — (Diagnostic and intervention radiology, clinical pathology, and cardiac catheterization); and (4) South-West: University College Hospital, Ibadan — (Diagnostic and intervention radiology, clinical pathology, and cardiac catheterization)

Others are: (5) South-South: University of Uyo Teaching Hospital — (Radiology and clinical pathology); (6) North-East: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi — (Radiology and clinical pathology); (7) South-South: Federal Medical Centre, Asaba — (Radiology and clinical pathology); (8) North-Central: Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre Complex, Ilorin — (Radiology and clinical pathology); (9) North-Central: Jos University Teaching Hospital — (Radiology and clinical pathology); and (10) North-East: Federal Medical Centre, Nguru — (Radiology and clinical pathology)

The statement said these critical projects, set to be delivered within 12-18 months, will improve screening and diagnostics for communicable and non-communicable diseases; reduce mortality rates and improve outcomes for non-communicable diseases; and create considerable employment opportunities for clinical, administrative, and managerial personnel across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones.

It further said the move will ultimately build the capacity of clinical personnel in advanced procedures, diagnostics and treatment modalities, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu.

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