Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday said it had commenced a major national healthcare intervention project to build new public hospitals and diagnostic centres on some of its unutilised plots of land.
It said it had set a five-year gestation period for the project to achieve substantial impact in the country’s healthcare delivery system.
The NNPC noted that the healthcare project was in three parts, adding that the first was occupational health designed to specifically service the corporation’s staff, their dependents and retirees.
“All current NNPC clinics fall under this scheme and are presently being upgraded to reflect the new realities,” the oil firm stated in a statement issued in Abuja.
It said the second scheme involved some key NNPC hospitals like the erstwhile Abuja International Diagnostic Centre and the Benoni Hospital in Benin City, adding that the facilities were being equipped to service the corporation’s members of staff and outsiders, because of their projected excess capacities.
“The third leg of the medical project, which has been designated as ‘new business’, involves locations where state-of-the-art hospitals and diagnostic centres will be constructed on NNPC unutilised pieces of land in Kaduna, Mosimi and Port Harcourt for commercial purposes,” it added.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said he was delighted by the development, adding that the projects would impact on the bottom line of the corporation in the long run.
According to him, apart from the financial benefits that the project promises, it also underlines the progress being made in efforts to reposition the NNPC as a company of the future.
The corporation also stated that the erstwhile Abuja International Diagnostic Centre was being reconfigured to assume the status of a national flagship medical mall.
It stated that upon completion, the centre would warehouse top-class healthcare providers in cardiovascular, oncology, renal dialysis, radiology and laboratory services.
The Chief Operating Officer, NNPC Ventures, Babatunde Adeniran, said, “The NNPC has 52 clinics/hospitals, the largest network of healthcare facilities in Nigeria, which is enough capacity for us to build on, upgrade the facilities and achieve our commercialisation dream.”
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