Minister of Health Lays Foundation for BSUTH, College of Medical Sciences

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MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, laid the foundation stone for the Borno State University Teaching Hospital, (BSUTH), and College of Medical Sciences.
The Minister who was in Maiduguri for an earlier function at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, (UMTH), laid the foundation stone at Njimtilo, near the university’s campus along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony, Governor Zulum said: “In fulfillment of the criteria for the establishment of medical colleges, we are here to witness a foundation laying ceremony for the two important projects.
“We want to start medical courses especially medicine etc in the state university so that we can produce healthcare providers and undertake research as well.
“Aside academic purposes, we know that there is increasing population in Maiduguri and we have only one teaching hospital, and Maiduguri has population of over 3 million inhabitants.
“A new teaching hospital will serve the increasing population, and this is also in line with our development plan. Just five days ago we have launched our 25 year Development Plan, the state university teaching hospital and college of medical sciences are part of that plan we are implementing,” he said.
Also, Chairman of the committee for establishment of BSUTH and Medical College, Prof. Othman Kyari, said the project flagged off was the first phase.
“This is the first phase of this teaching hospital, in coming up with this, we looked for the best of the best of our existing teaching hospitals and other teaching hospitals outside the country.
“The requirements of all the regulatory bodies (medicine and surgery, dentist, radiologist, pharmacist etc) were put into consideration. We believe that by the time this complex is completed, I think it will probably be one of the best in the country,” Kyari said.
The project is being carried out through the Ministry for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, whose Commissioner, Dr. Babagana Malumbe.
The state’s Ministry of health and relevant government agencies are expected to play vital roles as the project passes through developmental stages.


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