The Nigeria LNG Limited, through its Health Support Programme (HSP) has provided $6 million to uplift specific health facilities in 12 tertiary health institutions across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
The HSP came on board due to shortfalls witnessed in the Nigerian health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The board of Nigeria LNG approved the investment of $6 million for uplift of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH); University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja; Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano; University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin; Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Yenagoa, and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar, Cross Rivers state, among others.
The commissioning of projects began in 2022 with the opening of a maternity centre at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada and a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).
NLNG on Monday began another round of commissioning of phase 1 projects in Lagos, Kano, Bayelsa and Cross River states. The round started with the commissioning of an Obstetrics & Gynaecology ward at LUTH, Lagos. This will be immediately followed by the commissioning of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NDUTH; an Occupational Therapy and Neuromodulation Rehabilitation Centre at AKTH) and a Neurosurgical and Stroke Centre at UCTH, Calabar.
NLNG’s chief executive officer, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, at the commissioning of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ward at LUTH Lagos Lagos, said the goal of the project was to support the provision of quality medical care for Nigerians through the improvement of tertiary healthcare delivery system in the country, with attendant impacts on medical research and retention of in-country medical expertise.
Mshelbila, who was represented by the general manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, NLNG, Mr Andy Odeh, said the company has helped in reshaping the country’s health sector for a better and more responsive system on the road to making it a destination for world-class healthcare delivery. He called on LUTH’s management to ensure that the facilities were put to practical use for patients and training purposes.
In his remarks, minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who was represented by the minister of state for health, Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, stated that NLNG had proven to be a reliable partner in the sustainable development of the healthcare system in the country.