NSIA Okays $100m Healthcare Pact With 3 states, 5 FMCs

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BY EDMOND ODOK – In line with Federal Government’s efforts at addressing deteriorating health sector infrastructure in the country, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has signed a $100 million agreements with three State governments and five Federal Medical Centres (FMCs) to further boost its Diagnostics and Oncology Expansion Programme.

With terms and conditions that will give the health sector a next level lift, the Authority, through its Healthcare Development and Investment Company (NHDIC), endorsed eight collocation agreements.

Under phase one of the expansion programme, which seeks to provide citizens with access to world class healthcare, the arrangement involve Lease and Collaboration agreements.

The State governments on board the programme are Enugu, Kaduna and Kwara with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi; Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto State; and Federal Medical Centre Asaba, Delta State among the selected medical centres.

Others on the list are; the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Akwa Ibom State; and the University College Hospital Board of Management, Oyo state.

At the agreement signing ceremony was the Managing Director of NSIA, Uche Orji; Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo; representatives of Governors of Kwara, and Kaduna States as well as the Medical Directors of the various Teaching Hospitals.

Speaking at the milestone achievement in Abuja on Thursday, NSIA boss, Mr Orji explained that the broader goal of the healthcare programme, packaged in two phases, is to establish a portfolio of 23 diagnostic centres, seven catheterization labs and two oncology centres across Nigeria.

He said in pursuit of the agreements, funds will be deployed to build, equip, maintain, and operate catheterization labs in Kwara, Oyo, Sokoto, Bauchi and Delta states.

Similarly, the Authority will invest funds in building, equipping, maintaining, and operating private modern medical diagnostic centres in Enugu, Kaduna, Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Sokoto, Bauchi and Delta states; as well as build, equip, maintain, and operate an oncology Centre for advanced radiotherapy treatment.

“Each centre will run as a joint venture between NSIA and the respective tertiary hospital to ensure timely and efficient delivery of services”, he said, adding that the investments will provide access to advanced healthcare services for the benefit of lower-income families with limited access to care.

He said the programme was created having identified critical infrastructure gaps through a comprehensive assessment of the sector which aligns with NHDIC’s strategy to invest in the sector through the establishment of diagnostic centres and tertiary healthcare centres.

Also, the NSIA Chief Executive saidz*z***zz the enhanced diagnostic capabilities will improve medical intervention in the country, particularly in the respective catchment areas of the partner Federal Teaching Hospitals.

According to him, when fully operational, the Centres will deliver additional development impact for Nigerians through the provision of high-quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare.

The proposed projects present a disruptive healthcare strategy, as it will bring about the provision of high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the local market, as well as development/training on the required clinical resources in Nigeria and bring quality healthcare to many.

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