Kogi to Spend Over N3.5billion in Building Teaching Hospital

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The foundation laying ceremony of the permanent site of the  Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba has been held with the promise by Gov Idris Wada to ensure its timely completion.

The first phase ceremony,  put at the cost of over N1.7billion for the entire building up to roofing stage with the internal finishing of ground floor completed and technical building, has another N1.7billion earmarked for the furnishing and equipments.

The 250 bed teaching hospital, Capt Wada explained is his administration’s desire to better the lives of the people through better health and other key areas necessary for good living and development as encapsulated in his administration’s transformation agenda.

The hospital which is a two floor building, Capt Wada disclosed would comprise major clinical areas of medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, includes dentistry, pathology, sub specialty areas, bulk store and administration.

The Governor disclosed that the Teaching Hospital when completed is envisaged as a premier referral and research hospital with the latest cutting edge technology, assured of the political will that will make for seamless migration of medical students.

While he maintained that the institution would help in providing the manpower need for health institutions in the state, the hospital he added will compete favorably with known referral tertiary health institutions in the country.

The Governor promised to look into the issues of accreditation, adequate manpower, facilities and equipments needed to make the teaching hospital meets the required standard.

In a welcome remarks, Dr Idris Omede, Kogi State Commissioner for Health, said when completed the hospital will have amongst others, five state of the art operating theatre’s, intensive care unit, special baby care unit, state of the art radiology and diagonistic services as well as medical gas plant with oxygen manifold and medical gas piping to all critical areas.

Dr Omede disclosed that the timely completion of the Teaching Hospital is cardinal to avert any stagnation of the present pre clinical medical students of the state university.

In his remarks, Prof Hassan Isah, Vice Chancellor, Kogi State University, described the event as historic and a realization of an important dream since the establishment of the institution in 1999.

The Vice Chancellor described the ground breaking as crucial for the first set of the institution’s medical students who will complete their pre clinical courses in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology before moving to clinical courses.

Prof Hassan commended the courage and bold initiatives of the Capt Wada’s administration in meeting the manpower need of the health sector as well as meeting the health need of the people.