Kasim Sumaina in Abuja.
In an attempt to ensure quality healthcare delivery in the country, A Japanese company, Nijap-Fuji Nigeria Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
The MoU noted the company’s Chairman, Mr. Kato Kazumichi, was aimed at bringing healthcare service delivery in the country to same level as Japan.
He disclosed this while speaking to newsmen recently in Abuja.
According to him, “Nija-Fuji Nigeria Limited, partners with hospitals across the country in the supply of high-technology medical diagnostic equipment. The private public partnership (PPP) with Nigeria’s public hospitals will bridge the gap in healthcare funding especially in area of funding.
“The PPP with UCH, Ibadan and various intending hospitals will help facilitate the supplies of such equipment like, CT, MRI, ECHO and others at zero cost. The terms of agreement would include purchase of medical equipment, shipping and clearance, installation, training on usage and maintenance/servicing.
Responding, Head of Private Public Partnership, UCH, Ibadan, Barr. Busayo Ayegbusi said of of course UCH feel great and excited signing the MoU with Nija-Fuji.
She stated that the MoU was another opportunity to prove that PPP do work even in Nigeria. “Nigeria greatest challenge in the health sector is the lack of specialize centres/institutes.
According to her “Our leaders so to speak should look more into these area of specialize centres/institutes because we are talking about medical tourism. These are things we could handle in Nigeria.”
She said: “In India surprisingly, if you go there, you will see Nigerians there, United State of America, you see Nigerians there. Professionally, that is talking about man power. We are there and ready. But, infrastructure wise, that is, equipment and other things involved, that is for the treatment of various ailing disease in the country, there is still much to be done.
Aegbusi however advised the government to Jack up whatever percentage of the budget that have appropriated for the health sector, stressing that a healthy nation could only be determined by their healthcare delivery system, saying that unfortunately the country is still lacking in that regard.