President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured the people of the country of his commitment to improve healthcare delivery nationwide. The President gave this commitment at the virtual inauguration of capital projects executed at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) yesterday. According to a statement made available to newsmen by his spokesman, Femi Asesina, President Buhari, while responding to a specific request made by the board and management of the hospital, directed the Head of Service of the Federation and the Budget Office to consider an increase in the personnel and overhead allocation to UMTH.
He noted that the increase in personnel and allocation at UMTH would optimise services provided by the activation of the new projects. Among landmark projects inaugurated by the President were a newly-constructed and fully-equipped 150-bed Trauma Centre, a new General Outpatient Department, a complex for National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), a multipurpose Auditorium and Conference Centre constructed and furnished by Prof. Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno State.
Buhari also commissioned a new hostel for the UMTH School of Nursing, constructed by the Federal Government. The President noted that the value of the projects at the UMTH, which was a centre of excellence in infectious diseases and immunology in Nigeria, to the nation’s health care system cannot be underestimated, especially in the era of global health system challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the completion of the capital projects aptly reflected the Federal Government’s commitment to sustaining development in the North-East, and indeed in all parts of the country to engender economic growth, peace and progress.
”Emerging diseases have made it necessary for all nations to increase and improve resource application for coping with the challenges or adapting to the ‘new normal.’ ”This goes on in Borno State side by side with efforts to tackle insurgency and criminal activities,” he said.