By: VICTORIA OJEME
ABUJA: President Goodluck Jonathan On Thursday commissioned a $20 million Nizamaye Hospital, considered a milestone in bilateral relations between Nigeria and Turkey.
The 80-bed world-class facility cited in an industrial layout in Abuja is the first time Turkey, under the Nigeria-Turkish expatriate business group, ventures into healthcare.
Turkey ambassador to Nigeria Mustafa Pulat said that“This hospital is another token of our interest and determination to come to Nigeria—in the best way we can, of course,” said Mustafa Pulat, Turkey’s ambassador to Nigeria.
“It is our own investment in the human capital of Nigeria,” Pulat added in an interview with Daily Trust.
“The outcome will be long term. We have to be patient. The outcomes will be strong and very beneficial for Nigeria and Turkey.”
Both countries have maintained bilateral relations in business terms since the Nigerian-Turkish group began its gradual creep in 1998 into Nigerian education system.
From primary and international colleges, Nigerian-Turkish group now runs 16 schools, including Nile University it started four years ago.
The Medical director, Dr Mustafa Ahsen, gave an estimate of $20 million (N3.233 billion) to set up, and its manpower stands at around 148, Nigerian and Turkish combined.
Nizamiye, occupying four floors on prime property, started work last year, months before its official opening, offering services in internal medicine, radiology, ear-nose-and-throat, paediatrics, orthopaedics and gynaecology.
It doesn’t have a psychiatry unit, but Dr Ahsen said it planned to open units in angiography and emergency cardiology and gradually expand to a teaching hospital to serve the group’s Nile University.