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FG Plans to Construct $650 Million World Class Hospital | To be Named “Abuja Medical City”

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In an effort to reduce the number of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical reasons regularly, the Federal Government is considering plans to construct a 1,687-bed-hospital, valued at $650 million in the Federal Capital Territory.

The hospital, to be named Abuja Medical City, is expected to be completed between 24 and 36 months.

A representative of IBT Group, promoters of the hospital project, Daniel Toledano told Punch after making a presentation on the project to the Minister of Health that the hospital will be the first of its kind in Africa. He added that it will make Nigeria a medical tourists centre in Africa in terms of capacity and personnel to cater for, at least, 2,040,000 patients at a time.

According to the Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the proposed 1,687-bed hospital would include 763 beds for Trauma Centre, 300 beds for Amenities care pavilion, 524 beds for Pediatric section and 100 beds for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation section.

Defining the operational model for the proposed hospital, Dr. Isioma Okobah, a Nigerian doctor based in Atlanta-Georgia in the United States of America told Punch, “We can attract our doctors in the Diaspora back home and there won’t be need for medical tourism abroad because they will provide the same services here and get the same pay they are getting now.”

Toledano noted that Nigeria loses over $500m yearly to medical tourism abroad, and that the capital plight per patient ranged between $20,000 and $40,000 per trip. “The objectives of the project include provision of the first level three medical care facility in Nigeria and to relocate high-complexity medical care to Abuja Medical City,” he was quoted as saying.

But to ensure the materialisation of the hospital, it has to scale the Federal Government’s procurement process.

This is a laudable initiative that will change the face of health care provision in Nigeria. We sincerely hope it becomes a reality.

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

27 Comments

  1. Hmm

    February 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I pray this becomes a reality

  2. Sephora

    February 14, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I don’t think it’s possible to care for “at least, 2,040,000 patients at a time” in a “1,687-bed hospital.” Nonetheless it’s an amazing idea!! May it come to pass in Jesus name! Amen.

    • 'Bemi

      February 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Not all the patients that walk into a hospital get admitted. Some just come in for medical checkups or follow-up appointments, and some other patients are considered outpatients

  3. Rosemary

    February 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Our government have somehow lost the plot. Why can’t they fix the national hospital and bring it to standard? Is this how we intend wasting our resources? And then the next government will come in and think Abuja mega city isn’t good enough, then we will spend another 650million pounds this time. SMH

  4. bee

    February 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Leave it to nigeria to use 650 million dollars in just one hospital and spend nothing. On the other hospitals in other parts of nigeria were infastructure is despirately needed..I ama doctor and I fin this disgusting..countries that spend so much money don’t have such deficiencies

  5. Okechukwu Ofili

    February 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

    great idea…hope they can maintain it.

  6. Labby

    February 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Why don’t they :
    1) Conduct an audit of the existing Government hospitals we have
    2) Following results of the audit, upgrade a minimum of 6, one in each ge0 political zone
    3) re-train and keep training existing medical personnel to ensure that they are at par with internationally recognised standards
    4) Employ consultants who are specialists

    My two cents

  7. Banky

    February 14, 2013 at 9:03 am

    It is a stupid idea, how will a trauma victims in other part of the country get there.
    Dikembe Mutombo establish one in Congo for 10 percent of that, still best in Africa. Make 10 smaller ones in diff parts of the country Idiots.

  8. Jiddah

    February 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Garki Hospital, Maitama General Hospital,Gwagwalada General Hospital,Federal Staff Hospital,Wuse General Hospital, to mention a few, have grossly deteriorated and now we want to build a medical city. I can’t!

  9. Amina

    February 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Another opportunity to siphon public funds because they will still do the usual of Installing substandard equipment’s coupled with no adequate knowledge of how to operate the machines by the hospital personnel who will be employed based on Federal character and not by merit.

  10. Toyin

    February 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

    This is totally absurd!!!!! The money can be used to revive, restructure and improve the ENTIRE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM!!! Needless to say the infrastructure that keeps the hospitals going would also need to be fixed. Why do we keep on looking at solutions in one-dimension???? Does the Minister of Health even know the number of Health care facilities in this country? Does He understand the system of keeping these facilities working? What about the financial health of the workers in whose hands lives are entrusted? If we are so willing and ready to SPEND ALL THE MONEY IN THE TREASURY , we might as well turn the running of our dear country into a business, with targets and profits. This project is NOT FREE!!!! It’s a turnkey project! This is the introductory paragraph on the promoters website says “IBT Group is a multinational group of companies that specialize in the development of public works and the integration of construction equipment projects for public institutions. With proven experience, technical know-how, and financial backing, IBT has become an industry leader in the delivery of “turnkey” development and infrastructure projects in several countries around the globe.” So who’s funding the project in the long haul? Is it a one-off repayment or installments?
    We need to ask our elected officials( Senate & House of reps) the details and terms of this transaction as it appears that the elected officials have forgotten why they represent the citizens of this country! The number 1 jod description is to prevent the ‘political appointees’ from ruining this country. Enough said!!!

  11. Ty

    February 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

    If the government is smart they should divert that money into electricity. Is it generators that they will use to keep the hospital running. After electricity is sorted, then they should renovate existing hospitals rather than so much money to build some mega hospital they can’t maintain

  12. Dr O

    February 14, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Laughing in Spanish!!

    I concur with all the statements made on here criticizing it, and I’m a doctor.
    This is NOT the solution. Sounds like contract was given, and money will be shared.
    National Hospital was a joke 2 yrs ago, and last I checked didnt have a functioning MRI machine, so probably even worse now…yet we are building a Medical city!!

    what we’ll see is a bunch of buildings, similar to the crap we call National Hospital, and the same crappy service.

  13. HRS

    February 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’m sure they can construct this with less than they declared, govt peeps, please don’t use it as an opportunity to embezzle, the one u have embezzled will serve ur generation and 10 more generations after u.

    I agree with Banky, smaller ones in different locations will be waaaay better, will serve everyone. I can’t imagine travelling down to Abuja to get treatment, most people won’t be able to afford it. If you build many of these, u would still have funds enough to renovate d crashing hospitals. It would be fabulous if our lawmakers don’t travel all the time outside the country for medical issues, our funds will remain here. And our nigerian doctors abroad can come here amd work as well.

    That being said, 26years old CEO of Flying Doctors, I’m so impressed with u for coming back to your home country to build this fabulous firm, Thanks again!

  14. loo

    February 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    O God! another plot to steal money from Nigeria, please repair all the state and federal hospital, i needed medical test from a state or medical hospital to get visa, i went there and they said their XRAY machine has stop working for the past 5years and they had to refer me to a private hospital where i paid 3000naira something that is 500naira in state hospital.

  15. gistyinka

    February 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    ole ole ole ole ole…

    gistyinka.com

  16. Darkgirlsrock

    February 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I have never seen a govt that lacks focus as nigeria’s. Instead of revamping the already existing health institutions, uch, luth, oauth, unibenth, fmcs, and the state gh. They want to spend $650 mill on a hospital, that will cater to the whole of naija abi. What exactly goes on in these people,s minds,. One good hospital, amidst thousands of deteriorated ones, who does that?

  17. Graco

    February 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Really sad. We need BN readers in the seat of power. Obviously smarter people on this platform than we have there.

  18. SEGUN

    February 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    A Government that is groping, thats what this government is. They have not been able to manage the existing hospitals, they want to throw tax payers money on a five star hospital. Let the Minister tell us the number of people that goes abroad for medical tourism compare with our overall population, if not for the scrappy services rendered in our hospitals. A Governor ones said he was been treated for something not related to his ailment until he sought for treatment abroad. Does this have to do with how big the hospital is? Its liking to leaving leprosy and treating ring worm.

  19. Opsy

    February 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Very good initiative. I pray it comes to pass.

  20. Lucas

    February 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Please, please, please use half of the money to build smaller ones and you can steal the rest like you intended.

  21. chichi

    February 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    assuming its true that they really want to build a hospital, from all that I’ve read, its seems like this hospital is gonna be for the rich..they obviously said they are concerned about those ppl who seek medical care abroad..They are saying instead of spending all that money abroad, spend it here which isnt a bad thing on its own. They are already talking about doctors abroad coming back and getting the same pay they receive abroad..lol..then they give it a fancy name “Abuja medical city”.ohhh.lol.So i think it is safe to say that this hospital is not gonna be for everyone. Some of you are asking how accessible it is going to be for ppl living in other states??Do you really think these ppl are concerned about the masses??..if you’ve got the money, you fly to abuja..this is just another way of showing class which is typical of naija..sorry but its the truth..Secondly, building is not the issue but maintenance..we have a very poor maintenance culture…if you want to build this fine but try fixing the other government hospitals so that the masses or average man have access to good medical care…The only thing that will console me is if they hire mostly nigerian trained doctors and nurses cos from what im reading its like they are already inviting doctors trained abroad to come work..if ministry of health feel like there is something wrong with nigerian medical schools, they should fix the problem and hire THEIR OWN doctors instead of looking for ppl that others have trained..

  22. konnie

    February 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I am not holding my breath

  23. NNENNE

    February 15, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Great idea but building it is one thing and making sure that it is always UPDATED is another. Nigerians have a very poor maintenance culture.
    About time!

  24. zsa zsa

    February 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

    This makes me very sad. I have just read at least 10 better ideas in this comment section than what the government is proposing. Why spend all that money on ONE medical facility while the other hundred hospitals suffer. Not everyone would be able to travel to abuja for medical care, why not upgrade or overhaul the current hospitals we have? or as someone suggested earlier, build several smaller facilities in various regions. Ah!!! this country’s matter gives me a headache sometimes. Look at brighter ideas coming from everyday readers of a blog/website.
    My husband and i talk all the time about someday relocating to nigeria and doing things to help the society meanwhile the people in charge are not even thinking things through. Let me stop before i start talking nonsense, i just tire*deep sigh*.

  25. obiora

    May 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

    This is ludicrous. When will Nigeria wake up and smell the coffee? Who’s ever this idea is should and ought to go back to the drawing board. And for the ministry and the administration to even consider this idea is abysmal.

    Nigeria need acute care centers decentralized in communities to serve the locals. Already existing hospitals in big cities can serve are center points for those centers if equipped and maintained. I totally disagree with Dr Okobah’s idea. Even in the US, there’s no hospital with over 1000 beds. Consider maintenance, traffic, and quality of care. This is just another opportunity to siphon funds. The proposed project will not serve the nation well.

    I challenge the champions to share their project plan if any.

  26. bayo

    January 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    That a good plan. Please I will like to do business with you by supplying you our Medical Equipments, Laboratory Equipments, e.t.c. Let us benefit from the project. Thank you. Mr. Bayo from Cosharis Medical Abuja: 08068313554.

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