Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Friday presented a cheque of one Hundred Million Naira (N100m) to support the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital which is owned by the Federal Government.
Zulum also laid the foundation for the construction of 24 units of 3-bedroom apartments for medical staff of the hospital.
The apartments are to be fit into four blocks of two-storey buildings with each to contain six units of three bedrooms.
At a brief ceremony within the premises of the UMTH along Bama road in Maiduguri, Governor Zulum directed a construction team to deliver the apartments within six months, as he was releasing funds to them immediately.
Zulum noted that although the Federal Government owns the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, the institution, is a pride to the people of Borno State given how it has been providing unquantifiable medical services to thousands of citizens not only for tertiary and secondary healthcare needs but even for primary healthcare on many instances.
The governor conveyed the deepest appreciation of the people and government of Borno State to the management of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for the services they have been rendering to the people.
Adding that Borno state shall continue to give the Teaching Hospital support in any way possible to ensure that people get the services they deserve.
He explained that while the N100m was to augment funding gaps for medical consumables and other needs, the 24 apartments were meant to reduce housing deficits and to accommodate more medical doctors within the hospital so as to keep them closer to the patients, thereby speeding access to healthcare, especially on cases of medical emergencies.
Chief Medical Director (CMD) UMTH, Prof Ahmed Ahidjo, was full of joy and gratitude to Governor Zulum for his relentless support towards the hospital.
Many times when the governor shows up he is always the first to ask about the challenges we are facing before we even start to mention them. He has supported us with a befitting auditorium, supported us with funds for research, supported us with some funds during the Covid-19 pandemic and today he is here to take the burden of building apartments for our doctors”, the CMD noted.
Prof Ahidjo said all of Zulum’s interventions to the UMTH were always very critical. He maintained that the history of the UMTH will always reckon with the governor’s huge contributions.