NEDC Moves To Revamp Borno’s Eye And Dental Hospitals 

By Abdulkareem Haruna

The Northeast Development Commission NEDC has committed on Friday, March 3, 2023, announced its commitment to carry out a total renovation of two specialized medical facilities in  Maiduguri, Borno state. 

The facilities are the Borno state Eye Hospital and the Dental Hospital, both situated in Maiduguri. 

The Managing Director, NEDC Mohammed Akali, disclosed this to the press after undertaking a personal tour of the two facilities located within the same complex. 

He said the Commission would fully rehabilitate the Maiduguri Eye and Dental hospitals “to effectively provide services to people of the state, the region and beyond.

Mr. Alkali said, “one of the mandates of NEDC is to support critical service-providing organizations in areas of development comprising healthcare. He pointed out that the dental and eye are among the most crucial organs in the human body.

The MD NEDC added that the two health facilities would be fully boosted, in structure and equipment-wise, to enable them to compete favorably with any hospital in the country, adding that the NEDC would carry out the intervention in health facilities in five other states of the region. 

“We are here to assess the facilities; now my team and team of the honorable minister are working

together to come up with what we can do immediately to see that this place is upgraded to a position whereby people will be comfortable to come here and get medication, ” Alkali said.

“The NEDC’s education endowment fund would allow us to train medical professionals to enable them to handle the modern equipment when fully deployed.”

Borno state Commissioner for Health, Professor Mohammed Arab, thanked the NEDC for a visit to the two hospitals and for approving their total upgrade in terms of structure and equipment. 

Professor Arab said when fully renovated and upgraded, the hospital would ”soon become the centers of medical excellence where training and research in areas of dental and ophthalmology will be

carried out.”

The two hospitals, established over 30 years ago, had been struggling with obsolete equipment that has long outlived their serviceability. 

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