The construction of Thompson And Grace Medical University (TGMC) at Afaha Obong, an outskirt of Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has taking off with the laying of foundation for some of the buildings at the weekend.
His Excellency Bernhard Schlagheck, the Germany Ambassador to Nigeria, led others, including Professor Uwe Koch-Gromus, the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University Medical Centre, University of Hamburg (UKE), Germany, to perform the foundation-laying ceremony. The blocks, which foundation was laid included the Senate building, the Administrative building and the Community Primary Healthcare Hospital of the university
The ceremony, which was attended by the Akwa Ibom State governor and other top medical experts from Nigeria, Germany and the USA, formally signaled the construction of the university’s infrastructure at the expanse land in Afaha Obong.
The envoy, who was represented by Christopher Wenzel, Head of Corporation at the Embassy, said that his government and people of Germany were concerned about the healthcare delivery in Nigeria and were willing to support that kind of project designed to improve the health standard of the people of Nigeria.
He called on governments and institutions across the globe to support the Thompson and Grace Medical University, which he believed would create the environment for the provision of quality medical services in Nigeria, noting that, “a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.”
Similarly, Professor Koch-Gromus noted that TGMC would lead in medical research as it would leverage on the experience of the University of Hamburg to develop quality curriculum for medical students in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
“TGMC is a good strategic partner that my institution needs in the area of medical research, which is lacking in most institutions in Africa.”
In his speech, Governor Udoh Emmanuel, who was represented by his deputy, Moses Frank Ekpo, said: “I am particularly delighted that with the strategic objective of Thompson and Grace Medical University, there is every reason to believe that this institution will become a centre of excellence that will further fast track the process of technology transfer in the vital area of quality healthcare service delivery.”
Source: The Independent