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Tinubu assures AfreximBank of Nigeria’s commitment to effective healthcare delivery

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (centre) and Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank (l) with Members of the KCH Lanodon Delegation in the State House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu informs the visiting  AfreximBank team that Nigeria welcomes partnership between the Bank and King’s College Hospital (KCH), in London, to establish ‘Africa Medical Centre of Excellence’, a world-class healthcare facility, in Abuja, FCT

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said his administration is strongly committed to providing excellent healthcare facilities for all Nigerian consumers

The President said this during a meeting with Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), accompanied by a delegation from King’s College Hospital (KCH), in London, United Kingdom (UK).

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Wednesday, February 21, 2024, stated President Tinubu said he would also continue to prioritise domestic and foreign direct investments in the sector.

On establishment of AMCE in Nigeria

The Nigerian leader equally welcomed the partnership between Afreximbank and KCH London to establish a first-rate healthcare facility, christened “Africa Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE), scheduled for completion in 2025, in Abuja, FCT.

He further stated: “We welcome this significant step towards investing in Nigeria’s healthcare sector.

“This facility is a great commitment to humanity. We are open and ready to assist this project in every way possible.

”Africa is in need, and Nigeria is committed to the need of its people. Putting people’s welfare first is putting healthcare first.”

According to the President, the training and development of the Nigerian people are his administration’s priorities.

He stated: “We thank KCH, known for its global reputation, for partnering with us.

”Out of every five Black persons, one is a Nigerian. We are racing against time to meet our obligations to our people.

“This project will further strengthen our long-term vision for the healthcare of our people.

“We are determined to succeed, and whatever you need in order for us to achieve this project, I want to assure you, we will do it.”

President Tinubu, who was recently appointed the African Union (AU) Champion for Human Resources for Health and Community Health Delivery Partnership, as well emphasised that the continent could not afford to remain behind in the quality and accessibility of its healthcare system.

The President, therefore, asked Afreximbank not to relent in its commitment to investing in projects that will ensure that Africa possesses the expertise and resources to meet its own healthcare needs.

Speaking at the meeting, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, Honourable Minister for Health and Social Welfare, explained that the Bank and KCH are also collaborating on building a medical and nursing school alongside AMCE, in line with the Tinubu administration’s commitment to expanding the training of healthcare professionals in the country.

Prof. Pate stated: “Your Excellency, you will recall that in October 2023, you approved an initiative to unlock Nigeria’s healthcare value chain and appointed a coordinator.

“We have worked in the last few months to identify various work streams.

”I am pleased to inform Your Excellency, that today, we signed an MOU with the President of Afreximbank for a $1 billion facility to finance a credit and equity contribution pool for private sector investors interested in investing in Nigeria’s health sector value chain.”

In his remarks, Prof.  Oramah, President of AfreximBank, pledged the Bank’s commitment to developing quality health infrastructure on the continent, and contributing substantially to the reduction of medical tourism out of Africa, while promoting intra-Africa trade, and creating jobs in the country and the African continent.

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