President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday inaugurated a 150-bed China-aided Federal Staff Hospital at Jabi, Abuja, with a pledge to provide world-class health facilities to Nigerians.
Jonathan, who was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, said the $12.5m hospital, which he called, Nigerian-Chinese National Hospital, would cater for the medical needs of not only public servants but other members of the public.
According to him, the adage ‘Health is Wealth‘ underscores the importance of health as a principal factor in productivity and wealth generation.
Jonathan said the provision of health care facilities to cater for the welfare of public servants was a cardinal policy of the Federal Government as “not much can be expected from a sick labour force, no matter how skilled.”
He said the construction of the hospital which would serve “very useful purposes in improving the health status of millions of Nigerians, marks yet another milestone in Nigeria-China relationship.”
The president reiterated the commitment of the government to the provision of quality and affordable health care for all Nigerians and the improvement of the quality of life of the people.
He said, “In the health sector, we have put in place a solid programme involving the Nigeria Private Health Sector Alliance and the National Food and Drugs Administration and Control to encourage the domestic production of essential medicines.
“The ministries of Health and Communications Technology are also collaborating with other stakeholders to increase the use of technology in improving health services, in addition to the provision of other necessary health infrastructure across the country.
“Under the SURE-P programme, this administration is strengthening health care delivery in rural areas, through the deployment of human and material resources.
“We are also committed to saving the lives of women and children from preventable diseases through a sustained focus on the improvement of maternal and child health.”