The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) has partnered with Project Cure in United States of America to facilitate the provision of medical equipment worth several billions to 12 teaching hospitals across six geopolitical zones in the country.
The teaching hospitals are: North West -Yusuf Maitama Sule University Teaching Hospital, Kano State and Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara; North Central- University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State and University of Medical Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State; South East – University of Nigeria Nsukka Teaching Hospital, Nsukka, Enugu State and Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State.
Others are: South-west -Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos State and Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State; South –south – Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and Irrua Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State (Opted out).
Speaking at the unveiling of the medical equipment for the first beneficiary, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital(UITH) over the weekend, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said:
“The provision of the medical equipment to the affected teaching hospitals is to improve the health care delivery in many benefiting countries of the world.”
Among the medical equipment include angle poise lamp, ventilator, consumables, mattress, OG couch, gynecology chair, treatment table, treadmill machine, crutches, ICU beds, urinary catheters, defibrillator machines, laparoscopy machines, needle and syringes, wheel chairs, oxygen concentrator, suction machines and endoscopy machines.
He said: “It is no gainsaying that the Covid-19 pandemic provided the much-needed impetus for countries around the globe to do the needful by breaking barriers and tapping into available opportunities.
“For us in Nigeria, the pandemic served as a wake-up call that opened our consciousness to the need for adequately equipped public health institutions to complement our highly acknowledged skilled force of medical personnel.
“It is in pursuit of this noble goal that JAMB, in its wisdom, decided to enter into a partnership with a grant agency in the United States of America to equip 12 tertiary health institutions in Nigeria.
“This is premised on our fervent belief that we could address the deficits in this particular sector of our nation if every segment of the society contributes its quota no matter how little to confronting the lack in the critical areas of our society, such as health, food and education.” Thisday Live