The management of the University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital, UMTH says it has concluded plans for the construction of a N1.3billion physical rehabilitation centre.

This was disclosed by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Speaking with Journalists, Ahmed disclosed that the institution has signed a memorandum of Understanding with the International Committee of Red Cross, ICRC for the construction of the rehabilitation centre.

He also noted that the centre would provide clinical, rehabilitation and support services as well as produce orthopaedic devices for the physically challenged persons.

He also revealed that the Presidential Committee on North-East initiative, PCNI has also planned to construct a burn center to cater for persons suffering from fire burns.

He added that the hospital has initiated comprehensive development projects to address challenges posed by the insurgency and demystify its operations to meet the health needs of the growing population.

He explained that the focus was to improve the hospital’s bed capacity; personnel and their skills, provide facilities and equipment as well as improvement of staff welfare, to enhance quality health care delivery.

He said; “The hospital’s management has signed MoU with the ICRC for the construction of a Physical Rehabilitation center.

“The organisation is contributing about 3.6 million US dollars, equivalent to about N1.3 billion.

“We have plans to move the hospital to about 1,000 bed-capacity; right now, we are constructing a trauma center which is about 130 bed-capacity.

“We planned to extend the kidney centre because it has no admission or clinic facilities, we want to upgrade it to a 70-bed admission capacity and that will give us about 200 beds.

“We also have plans to build a new and befitting child institute to cater for surgical and medical needs of the child; we are bringing in a new centre into the hospital to manage children diseases in one place.

”The centre will have between 130 and 150-bed capacity, this will give us about 350 additional beds.

“Because of the ageing population and increased incidents of stroke in the society; we planned to build a new stroke centre to cater for the old age- geriatrics, and patients suffering from stroke, on the average that will give us another 150 beds,” he added.

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