Kaduna to stem medical tourism

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The new 300-bed specialty hospital, which was abandoned by previous administrations, will stem the tide of medical tourism due to its state-of-the-art facilities and medical experts from various fields.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai gave the assurance by answering questions from some Kaduna journalists on Wednesday and the interview was broadcast live on all local stations.

El-Rufai explained that the Kaduna State Government has signed an agreement with the UAE-based Doctors Clinic Company as part of the proactive measures to prepare the hospital for service delivery.

According to him, the UAE company will run the hospital as an efficient and sustainable facility, which will operate based on global best practices, adding that it will have 26 departments, six theatres, intensive care units and cardiology, oncology and nuclear medicine facilities. .

The governor said his administration also signed another agreement with Elekta, to purchase equipment for the nuclear medicine and oncology center that will improve cancer treatment.

El-Rufai said 60% of the staff will be Nigerian and expatriates will train local staff so that after a few years, Nigerians will take over management of the 300-bed hospital.

Shedding more light on how the hospital will be run, Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe said management will start with 100 beds before increasing capacity to 300.

The deputy governor, who is a doctor, said the specialty hospital will operate free services initially, before a fee is charged, adding that only cases that challenge teaching hospitals would be referred to it.

Dr Balarabe said a foundation will be set up to take care of indigent patients when the hospital starts charging fees. She called on philanthropists to contribute to the Fund, in order to expand access to the specialist hospital.

She promised that the government will further equip primary health care centers and teaching hospitals, so that treatment can start from PHCs, before they are referred to teaching hospitals, to avoid decongesting the specialist hospital.

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