President Jonathan Commissions $20 million Turkish Hospital in Abuja

A 80-bed world-class facility, the Nizamaye Hospital worth $20 million which was built by a group Turkish Investors under the Nigeria-Turkish expatriate business group was commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan On Thursday.

The Project is considered a milestone in bilateral relations between Nigeria and Turkey as this is the first time the Turkish business group is venturing into healthcare. The hospital was built in an industrial layout in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Commenting on the development, the Turkish 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,".

"It is our own investment in the human capital of Nigeria," Pulat added. "The outcome will be long term. We have to be patient. The outcomes will be strong and very beneficial for Nigeria and Turkey."

Nigeria and Turkey have maintained bilateral relations in business terms since the Nigerian-Turkish group began its gradual creep into the Nigerian education system in 1998. The Nigerian-Turkish group now runs 16 schools in Nigeria consisting of Primary and international Colleges, including Nile University it started in 2010.

Dr Mustafa Ahsen, the Medical director of the Nizamaye Hospital, left estimated funds needed to set up at $20 million (N3.233 billion), and its manpower stands at around 148, made up of Nigerians 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.