Buhari inaugurates 200-bed state-of-the-art ward at Baze University Teaching Hospital
President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 200-bed state-of-the-art ward at Baze University Teaching Hospital, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Speaking at the commissioning, the president noted that the establishment of the hospital is commendable and an effective contribution of the private sector to the development of not only education but also the health sector in the country.
Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Special Duties, Senator George Akume, stated that government alone cannot provide all the services needed by the people and will continue to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.
He expressed hopes that the university would provide the best medical education and best medical care for Nigerians and also bridge the gap in the health sector.
On his part, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Demola Sogunle, said that the bank is committed to strengthening the Nigerian health system with expertise and solutions and also positioned to support the scaling of healthcare businesses, support the acquisition of medical equipment, provide access to term loans and access to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Intervention Fund for the healthcare sector among others.
Sogunle disclosed that Stanbic IBTC provided Baze University access to a N6.7 billion facility for the construction of the Teaching Hospital adding that the bank is confident that with this state-of-the-art facility, the institution would produce world- class health professionals that will plug the manpower shortage in the sector, provide access to quality healthcare for thousands of Nigerians and create employment opportunities.
He said: “Stanbic IBTC is committed to ensuring that we create shared values in the communities in which we operate and recognizes that education and healthcare are pivotal to sustainable economic development. It is for this reason that we have positioned our expertise and customized financial solutions to enable key players in the Nigeria health sector value chain such as Baze University, to increase their capacity to meet the increasing demand for medical services”
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Tahir Mamman, said that the university had recorded some notable milestones in various sectors through enthronement of quality research, teaching and community services.
He observed the university completed the 200-bed teaching hospital on the campus to provide modern state-of-the-art hospital for training of students and provide critical health services in the country.