President, African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim), Prof. Benedict Oramah has said that the 500-bed Abuja Africa Medical Centre of Excellence, a first of its kind in Africa will kick-off operations in Abuja in 30 months.
The medical facility will be developed by Afrexim in partnership with leading global institutions including the University of London, University of Wisconsin, and Christie Hospital in Manchester in that time. It is also projected to attract world-class technology and global talents, particularly from the African diaspora.
Prof. Oramah made this known at the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility headlined by Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari earlier today.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari said a stronger partnership with the private sector will help in improving health facilities and access in the country; he added that a nation needs a healthy population to prosper.
The President said the challenges faced in the health sector require collective will, partnership and more resources, especially in tackling brain drain.
He said: “It is my pleasure to preside over the groundbreaking ceremony of the Africa Medical Center of Excellence, Abuja, Nigeria. Today represents more than just the groundbreaking ceremony for a landmark hospital project that will significantly transform the healthcare sector in West Africa.
In a statement issued by the Afreximbank, Prof. Oramah said, “The AMCE project entails the development and operationalisation of a quaternary level, multi-speciality 500 – bed hospital facility focusing on three core non-communicable diseases in Oncology, Haematology, Cardiology and with general care capabilities.”
The groundbreaking ceremony of the project today signals the commencement of the construction work that Prof Oramah committed to its completion in 30 months – 2024.
The federal government had on January 29, 2019, allocated a 5.12-hectare land in Abuja for the development of the facility to serve Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) served on the Interim Management Committee (IMC) through Messrs Mohammed Baba & Joel Attah (Deputy Directors).
The groundbreaking event was witnessed by NIPC’s Director Investor Relations, Hajja Gana Wakil, and Director Policy Advocacy, Mr John Oseji; also were Messrss Mohammed Baba and Joel Attah, Deputy Directors in the Department of Investor Relations at NIPC.