In its bid to help improve healthcare in Nigeria, Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) has said it would focus on building a world class tertiary hospital in the country.
The tertiary hospital, which would have specialised personnel and facilities for advanced medical investigation and treatment, would be a private venture. Disclosing this at a colourful gala night to round off this year’s scientific assembly of ANPA at The Pallazo in Las Vegas, USA, the association’s new President, Dr. Michael Etomi, said in the coming years, the association would focus on improving Nigeria’s tertiary health system.
He said the consultancy committee had been “empowered to work with all groups and corporations towards building a tertiary hospital in Nigeria as a private venture.” While noting the enormous resources required for such project, Etomi specifically said the hospital would not be built by ANPA, but the association would facilitate and give its blessings to its members and other individuals and corporations who would pull resources together to achieve that goal.
Towards achieving this goal, he said ANPA members would specifically engage their colleagues in Nigeria, for strong training programmes, and partner private enterprises and individuals. Etomi, who is also the medical director at Fresenius Home Dialysis in Charlotte, North Carolina, said ANPA had developed strong strategic partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies in North America and Nigeria.
Already, the association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health and the National Primary Healthcare Development agency (NPHCDA). The MoU focuses on five specific areas – education and training, health-related research, service delivery and skill transfer, quality assurance in healthcare delivery and private sector investments in the health sector.
The association has also partnered the United States Agency for Deveopment (USAID) to begin the process of reforming the medical curriculum in Nigerian medical schools in other to boost healthcare service delivery.