FG set to establish world-class military hospital

Defense Minister, retired Major General Bashir Magashi

The Ministry of Defense has initiated the reform of the delivery of military health services with the aim of having world-class health delivery for the military and civilian population.

At the launch of the proposed new Defense Health Policy, Defense Minister Retired Major General Bashir Magashi said the reform was part of the proposed total overhaul of the defense sector, as endorsed recently by President Mohammadu Buhari.

The workshop aimed to enlighten stakeholders on the new responsibilities and modalities expected to deliver a world-class healthcare service to the military and civilian population.

General Magashi explained that the challenges in the military hospital facilities needed to be addressed, hence the need for a coordinated system to boost staff morale.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Ibrahim Kana, said this would fill the gaps currently seen in the sector.

Managing Partner, Vesta Healthcare, Dr Folabi Ogunlesi, who spoke about the expectations of the project, said he would start from what is on the ground at the Ministry of Defense to comply with the future international standard.

Chief of the Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who spoke on behalf of the armed forces, noted that the proposed health service would improve the emotional capacity of serving personnel, which would improve security.

In separate goodwill messages, the representatives of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, the Embassy’s Military Political Officer, Mr. Jim Findley and that of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Dr. Sam Agbo, pledged to support the gesture in any way. .

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense has already obtained one hundred and sixty hectares of land in Abuja for the proposed facility.

Reporting by Chukwuma Agbanusi, editing by Daniel Adejo

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