No fewer than 12 Nigerian tertiary hospitals are to benefit from Project C.U.R.E, Denver, USA through the facilitation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
This was disclodsed by the Registrar, JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, while meeting with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, represented by Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Onwudiwe, Director, Teaching Hospital Division, the Chairman, Governing Board of JAMB, Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, and the Chief Medical Director of Teaching Hospitals and Medical Director of Federal Medical Centres, selected from the six geopolitical zones of the country and other personalities from the two ministries.
The Board had in 2018, on a visit to Washington D.C, to assess the viability of siting a CBT Centre there, discovered the existence of Project C.U.R.E., an organization that had donated medical equipment to health institutions in over 130 countries
The organization is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies, instruments and equipment to resource-constrained healthcare facilities worldwide.
In addition to donated medical equipment and supplies , Project C.U.R.E. provides critical livesaving training programme to medical providers that enables them to reduce the mortality rate in their respective communities
JAMB, in the bid to .to ensure that healthcare institutions in Nigeria also enjoy this opportunity, established contaxt with Project C.U.R.E. in 2019 so as to secure medical equipment for selected heatlcare facilities in Nigeria in order to enhance and strengthen their capacity and by so doing, increase access to basic medical services for Nigerians.
The twelve hospitals selected are University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State and
Federal Medical Centre, Atare from the North East, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Teaching Hospital, Mano State and Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara State from the North-West.
Also selected are the University of Medical Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State (North Central), the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Teaching Hospital, Nsukka, Enugu State and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia from South-East,
Others are Lagos State University, Teaching Hospital, Lagos State, and Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State (South West), as well as Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, and Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State from the South south.
The Permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Echono, in his remarks, thumbed up the Board for the initiative and revealed that he led the delegation that went to the USA to explore the opportunity of securing the donation of the medical equipment, saying that the intervention was not only timely but also necessary to improve on medical services in Nigeria.
Representatives of the selected hospitals commended the Board for the intervention, which would address the problem of medical tourism while promising that the opportunity given to them would be judiciously utilized.