By Kingsley Omonobi
The Federal Government, impressed with the construction of a world class â€˜level 4â€™ military hospital by the Nigerian Army High Command in Kaduna, weekend, said it was considering replicating such in Army formations in the six geo-political zones to make them accessible to every Nigerian aside military personnel.
The Minister of Defence, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, said this during a visit to the hospital in Kaduna.
The hospital has the capability for carrying out all required treatments on evacuated peace-keeping medical cases, with the capability of providing treatment for presidents and top level citizens thereby reducing the craze of rushing abroad as it will save huge foreign revenue going out.
He made the disclosure even as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Abdurahman Dambazau stated that machinery has already been put in place by the Army authorities to replicate the reconstruction and upgrade taking place in Kaduna , at the 68 Reference hospital at Yaba in Lagos state with the rehabilitation of the water bore-hole presently ongoing.
His words, â€œHealth of our troops and their welfare is very important to government, and this monument being put together here is a very clear evidence of the commitment of government to their welfare and their health as we have men of Nigerian Armed Forces serving with distinction all over the world and we know they will have health challenges like injuries. So we are putting this here to ensure that we do not need to take them outside the country for treatment, this will be an international class hospitalâ€.
â€œSince three days since we took over office we have gone to see some projects including the huge barracks being done, which to me is not a really a barrack but a mini city in Abuja and this is also a service delivery by the Nigerian army and the interesting thing is that this job is done by direct labour and this job is about 36 weeks and it is hoped to delivered by 50 weeks. This shows that something good is happening in this countryâ€.
Continuing, the minister said, â€œI have confidence that the Chief of Army Staff can do this job in 50 weeks as the equipment is already being expected; the delivery of the civil works will be completed. The Lagos project is part of the project that we are taking very quickly and we can replicate it in every where in the country.
â€œWe are going to put an end or reduce the number of people going abroad for treatment , we know what it means as a lot of money is leaving this country so in this hospital, we will take care of our people and those who want to come in hereâ€.