The Federal Government in Abuja on Friday said it was still committed to providing quality healthcare in Nigeria to check medical tourism.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, restated the commitment at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between American Hospital Ltd, Nigeria, General Electricity (GE) Healthcare and Edifice Capital.
He said government was ready to support the private sector to invest in the health sector to fast track the provision of quality healthcare in the country.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has shown his commitment to the health sector in several ways and government is intensifying effort at providing quality healthcare to Nigerians.
“Government will not relent on its effort at ensuring that every Nigerian enjoys good healthcare services.
“We are not paying lip-service to the concept of Public Private Partnership, government is committed to that ,’’ the minister said.
Chukwu commended the promoters of the hospital, saying necessary support would be given to the facility.
Also in his remarks, Mr Jeff Immelt, Chief Executive Officer, GE, said the beneficiaries of the hospital would be women and children.
Immelt said funding had been the major challenge in developing projects in Africa.
He expressed optimism that the hospital would give the kind of quality healthcare services that made Nigerians travel abroad.