US, France Earmark N11bn For Women And Children Hospital In Abuja

Nigeria's Minister of Health

The American Hospital Limited, Abuja, General Electric (GE) Health-care (USA) and Edifice Capital of France have earmarked a sum of $73 million (N11 billion) to build an American Specialist Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The healthcare facility which is meant to be a state-of-the-art hospital for Women and Children, would help to reduce capital flight arising from what has been described as medical tourism by Nigerians.

Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Abuja on Friday,  the health minister, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu said the project would cater for demand for services, and encourage Nigerians seek services within the country.

Chief Executive Officer of GE Global, Mr. Jeff Immelt  said the project would encourage Nigerian doctors practicing abroad to return home to practice in well equipped facilities like those they are accustomed to abroad, adding, that the hospital would also serve to promote medical tourism in Nigeria from sub-Saharan Africa in particular, Europe and America in general.”