By Williams ABAH
The African Export and Import Bank, AFREXIM Bank, has commence the construction of the first Africa Medical Centre of Excellence, AMCE in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The ground breaking ceremony took place at Apo-Kabusa, a suburb of the FCT. The project was estimated to cost 300 million, which when constructed will house 500 Bed spaces. It was gathered that the project will be completed in 30 months and will be commissioned with full medical services.
It was also learnt that the African Medical Centre of Excellence, AMCE, will specialized in the provisions of health services focuses on diagnostic of im-patients and out-patients in oncology, hematology, cardiology, and general healthcare services including academic residential, hospitality, trauma and emergency services. The health care services is for both high income and low income earner.
Earlier in his opening remark, the chairman board of director, African Export and Import Bank, AFREXIM Bank, Prof. Benedict Orama, disclosed that the ideas behind the ground breaking ceremony which will eventually leads to the complete construction of the first African Medical centre of Excellence, AMCE, started seven years ago. According to him, “I saw the need for Africans to put in place, a world class medical facilities, while i was in the Kings college hospital, London, seven years ago”.
Orama noted that AMCE is set to provide world class health care services across African continent, stressing that the medical facilities will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2024, with full medical services
He also said that African Medical Centre of Excellence, AMCE, is set to create innovation and ground breaking research, development ans educational programs partnership with leading global institutions, such as University of Wisconsin, Kings college hospital London, Christian hospital in Manchester in order to develop more insight into diseases and treatment trends to improve the quality of healthcare in Nigeria and West African region.
Also speaking virtually at the ground breaking ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari, who said that there are rising incidence of communicable diseases burden in Africa, coupled with inadequate medical infrastructure on the continent
He added that the Nigeria’s government has partnered with AFREXIM Bank, to develop the Africa Medical Centre of Excellence, AMCE, in Abuja which will provide world class medical services with the prestigious hospitals
Buhari further stated that the success of AMCE, will pave way for future investments and partnership in the health sector, which will raise the local standard of health care and providing a blue print for quality of service required to address Nigeria and Africa’s economic challenges.
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By Williams ABAH