By Hassan Zaggi
The Federal government has approved the extension of the rehabilitation, equipment supply and management of federal government-owned Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria.
This is the third phase of the project having received the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the rehabilitation, equipment supply and management of Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria under the first and second phase.
It would be recalled that project was necessitated by the dilapidated state of the Teaching Hospitals across the country.
In order to restore the glory of the teaching hospitals, the Federal Government,therefore, embarked on the modernisation and upgrading of 14 Teaching Hospitals in two phases.
Speaking, while receiving the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the rehabilitation, equipment supply and management of the hospitals, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Abdullazizi Mashi,noted that the federal government was satisfied with the impact of the first two phases of the modernisation and upgrading of Teaching Hospitals across the country, hence the extension.
The project, he said, is in line with the vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to improve health care services in the country through the provision of the needed infrastructure.
He applauded the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) for supporting President Buhari’s effort in reducing maternal mortality in the country.
Mashi, however, assured that his Ministry would take necessary actions to ensure the actualization of the project.
Speaking, the Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Dr. Chidi Izuwah, explained that the contracts for the rehabilitation, refurbishment,upgrading and equipment modernisation and standardisation of the Teaching Hospitals were awarded to CPL Medical Group and its technical partner, VAMED Engineering in 2003.
According to him, considering the huge funds required and the paucity of funds at government’s disposal, the federal government directed that the third phase of the project be implemented on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis in order to ensure it sustainability.
He noted that the project would create direct and indirect employment for Nigerians; reduce medical tourism and conserve foreign exchange, improve access to health care and also build capacity in the Teaching Hospitals through periodic training for medical and auxiliary staff.