German Medical University to Partner Firm on Healthcare in Akwa Ibom

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Nume Ekeghe

A German based University Clinics, “Universitätskrankenhaus Eppendorf” (UKE) has announced it would partner a world class medical university, Thompson & Grace Medical University and hospitals to further enhance medical facilities and healthcare in Akwa Ibom and reduce medical tourism in Nigeria.

This partnership was announced recently in a statement made available to THISDAY. According to the statement, a delegation from Germany would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UKE and Thompson & Grace Medical University on August 3.

The agreement shall set the frame for a close collaboration between the two signing entities in the planning, building and managing of both the Thompson & Grace Medical University and the Thompson & Grace Hospital.

The delegation from Germany slated to attend this MoU consists of Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Koch-Gromus, Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Hamburg; Prof. Dr. med. Ansgar Lohse, Vice-Dean and Director of the University Clinic of Hamburg (UKE); and Prof. Dr. med. Frank Riedel, one of Europe’s most acknowledged Pediatricians and for more than two decades Medical Director of Hamburg’s University Clinic’s Children’s Hospital. The three experts are joined by project consultants from Germany and the US. Dr. Isaac Thompson Amos will lead the Thompson & Grace Group team to sign the MoU.

On arrival to Nigeria, the team will be welcomed by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria in Abuja, H.E. Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck, and on his invitation, will hold a briefing session on both the project of Thompson & Grace Medical City and the bilateral collaboration. The German Government represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Collaboration supports the project through technical and organisational advice.

In Abuja, Uyo and other region of Akwa Ibom, the delegation is slated to visit several hospitals to witness how healthcare is set up and delivered in Nigeria and to understand issues affecting the advancement of healthcare in Nigeria.

Furthermore, during a one-day workshop, the German experts will discuss their assessment with members of the Nigerian and West-African Healthcare Community, Local and Multinational Corporate Representatives, and Community Leaders. This conference will be held in the Niger Delta at Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resorts, Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

The delegation will round-up its assignments with courtesy calls on the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, and the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.

Dr. Amos said that interested persons who like to participate in the seminar can access more information and registration details through: http://tgmedicalcity.com/news- and-events/thompson-and-grace- event-registration.php.