By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorinâ€”Kwara state government, in partnership with foreign experts, has concluded arrangements to establish an ultra-modernÂ diagnostic centre, first of its kind in the entire sub-Sahara Africa at the cost of N2bn.
The diagnostic centre, to be constructed by Tangent Nigeria Ltd, when fully completed in the next six months, would diagnose all kinds of diseases for easier treatment, relievingÂ wealthy and influential Nigerians whoÂ hitherto travelledÂ overseas for medical treatment at exorbitant costs.
The state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Ladi Hassan, at a press conference yesterday in Ilorin, explained that â€œKwara Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre,Â when fully operational, would effectively diagnose any disease at a reasonable cost comparable to the cost incurred in developed countries.
â€œThe problem of many that has led to severalÂ untimely deaths is knowing what exactly the disease is. Many have died in the course of treating an ailment with a wrong medication. The centre will be able to diagnose the accurate nature of a particular ailment instantly so as to reveal how best to treat and as fast as possible.
â€œTalking about the cost, it is going to be commercial but reasonable. If by traveling overseas, you spend 10,000 dollars and by coming here in Ilorin where you will get the same treatment, you spend equivalent of about 2,000 dollars, I think its reasonable and justified that the market is waiting for us.â€
He added that the foreign partner, MedeQuip Medical Services,Â a renowned medical organizationÂ based in United States of America, has been carefully chosen toÂ provide manpower services for the centre for four years because of the sophistication of the equipments and to also provide quality services to the people..
The commissioner added that within the four years of agreement, medical experts who are ofÂ Kwara originÂ will also work at the centre. They are expected to have understudied the foreign experts to know the operations of the equipments after the terms of agreement might have expired and the experts return to their base.
Alhaji Hassan, who hinted that the governor, himself, a medical doctor, has made up his mind to put the health structures of the state on a sound footing and has commenced a tour of all the hospitals across the state to know their state of infarastructural facilities so as to put them in place before the end of the administrationâ€™s tenure.
â€œBased on the directive of His Excellency, I have started the tour of all the medical centres across the state. I am aware that some centres donâ€™t have good beddings based on the records available; but by the time I end the tour, I should be able to know the state of our hospitals and the facilities they lack, so as to replace them.â€