FG reiterates commitment to supporting teaching hospitals’ personnel


The Federal Government of Nigeria has pledged to support the training of personnel in teaching hospitals and other tertiary health institutions to address emerging challenges in healthcare delivery.

Vice President Kashim Shettima disclosed this when he received a delegation of the management of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital at the presidential villa.

The delegation was led by the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Ahmed Ahidjo. Others were the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Sanusi Ibrahim; Director of Administration, Idris Omar; Director of Clinical Services, Modu Kagu; Director of Research and Ethics, Faruk Buba; Director of Training, Abubakar Mohammed; and Director of the hospital’s Kidney Centre, Ibrahim Ummate.

He said enhanced healthcare delivery is a top priority in President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

Shettima who commended the institution’s leadership for the strides recorded over the years, reiterated that the current administration supports human capacity development in hospitals nationwide.

According to the Vice President, “I want to commend the CMD and his team for providing quality leadership to the hospital and all their subordinates. There have been remarkable improvements witnessed in UMTH since his assumption of duty,” he was quoted to have said.

“In terms of staff morale, capacity building and the general outlook of the teaching hospital. The improvement has been massive. The expansion of the hospital from 600 beds to a 1305-bed facility and equipped with modern facilities.

“The CMD has been proactive and aggressive in all he does, including sourcing for external funding”.

In his remarks, the CMD Ahidjo, requested more support from the government to enable the institution to achieve its objectives of being an international centre of excellence in healthcare delivery and personnel training through the construction of an electronic health institute to facilitate its digitalisation project.

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