November 28, 2022



How NOWA’s proposed Inexperienced Good Hospital’ll re-define well being care supply

BENJAMIN SAMSON on this report examines how the 200-bed capability Inexperienced Good Hospital being constructed by the Naval Officers’ Wives Affiliation (NOWA) will change the narrative of ladies and kids well being care supply in Nigeria.  

The flag-off

The Naval Officers’ Wives Affiliation (NOWA) not too long ago flagged off the development of a N15 billion 200-bed capability hospital in Abuja. Talking on the foundation-laying ceremony of the hospital, the Nationwide President of NOWA, Mrs. Nana Aisha Gambo, mentioned it’s the first of its form in Nigeria.

She mentioned the undertaking which is the largest since inception of NOWA is a direct intervention in assist of Nigerian Navy operations.

The undertaking

The proposed hospital is a 200-beds state-of-the-art Inexperienced Good Hospital to develop on 2.1 hectares of land at Galadimawa District within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In response to Mrs. Gambo, the placement is good and impacts not solely the populace of the rapid neighborhood, however Nigeria as an entire.

“Notably, the hospital undertaking which has its sole deal with the drive to curb poor analysis and therapy of ladies and kids has been branded with excellence, after in depth consultations with main authorities within the well being organisation regionally and internationally.

“Moreover, the hospital is designed to deliver environment friendly and inexpensive ladies and kids well being care companies to most of the people to contribute to the general well being care supply within the nation,” she mentioned.


She added that the undertaking which is environmentally pleasant will make use of telemedicine in its operations.

She mentioned: “The proposed hospital may even leverage telemedicine, which permits digital telehealth choices for engagement of native and worldwide well being care  practitioners remotely to, to assist the administration and operations of the hospital to achieve lengthy distance people, the household and neighborhood in addition to major well being care centres.

“This can make up for the deficit of well being care professionals within the nation, lowering delay in accessing well being care services in city areas, and growing entry to high quality well being data and companies within the rural and hard-to- attain communities.”


“Moreover, the hospital undertaking is meant to be environmentally pleasant, by enjoying an important position in reaching local weather neutrality, effectivity and value discount.

Accordingly, a number of measures have been put in place to have a ‘Inexperienced Hospital.’ These measures embrace the development in hospital design, development, operation and upkeep of the constructing life cycle; the sustainable use of water and vitality; and utilisation of chemical compounds, which have a minimal influence on the setting.” 

Why the undertaking?

Additionally, at a fund-raising for the undertaking organised on the Sheraton Lodge and Towers, Abuja, which noticed in attendance the army service chiefs, Chairman of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, Founding father of Zenith Financial institution, Mr. Jim Ovia, amongst others, Hajiya Gambo, mentioned the excessive toddler and maternal mortality fee within the nation knowledgeable the choice of the affiliation to embark on the development of the hospital.

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She mentioned the choice to embark on the undertaking was knowledgeable by the grim statistics launched by the United Nations Worldwide Kids’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on the state of well being of ladies and kids in Nigeria.

“The report reveals that roughly 40 million Nigerian ladies of child-bearing age endure a excessive degree of well being points throughout childbirth.

“Though Nigeria represents 2.4 per cent of world inhabitants, it contributes 10 % to international deaths for pregnant moms representing a maternal mortality fee of 576 deaths per 100,000 stay births which is the fourth highest fee on the earth. The report equally reveals that about 262,000 infants die at delivery in Nigeria yearly. That is the second highest determine on the earth.

 “At the moment, toddler mortality stands at 69 deaths per 1, 000 stay births and rises to 128 deaths per 1, 000 stay births for kids beneath the age of 5. These statistics illustrate the well being situations of ladies and kids in Nigeria.”

Mrs. Gambo additional famous that with 33,000 common hospitals, 59 instructing hospitals and federal medical centres within the nation, well being services remained insufficient therefore the choice to embark on the ladies and kids hospital.

“The undertaking is estimated to price N15 billion and it’s projected to be commissioned into use by the second quarter of 2023.”

The NOWA president additionally appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to the funding of the undertaking.

Job alternative

Talking additional on the advantages of the hospital, she mentioned it’ll bridge the hole of the ratio of medical doctors to sufferers in Nigeria, whereas bringing succour to the army household particularly these whose spouses and fogeys are away on operations.

“NOWA recognises the import of making job alternatives for Nigerians. It’s on report that the WHO recommends a rustic to have a 1:600 physician to affected person ratio. Nevertheless, presently Nigeria has about 2:2753 physician to affected person ratio.

“This case is alarming and has left most hospital ready rooms stacked with sufferers ready to see a physician who’s already overwhelmed. Once more, Nigeria’s well being sector has at the moment recorded a rise within the variety of medical medical doctors in search of migration.

“On this regard, it’s gratifying to state that the NOWA ladies and Kids Inexperienced Good Hospital when accomplished would offer employment alternatives for a lot of Nigerians, particularly within the well being sector. It will equally deliver up potential revolutionary options to alleviate the heavy demand on well being care suppliers not solely throughout the hospital bus so far as the entire Nigeria. 

Nationwide safety

“Relatedly, as wives of serving army personnel, NOWA understands the demand and significance for healthcare provision to the household of personnel particularly when the boys are away doing their tour of responsibility.

“In an space the place there is no such thing as a naval or army hospital, the exorbitant costs positioned on well being care are sometimes overwhelming for households of such personnel. This could in flip have an effect on their efficiency in safeguarding the curiosity of nationwide safety which could be detrimental to the nation. Thus, it’s envisaged that having this specialised hospital would considerably deliver succor to the army household thereby serving to to enhance their operational effectivity.”

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The First Girl

On her half, the particular visitor of honour and spouse of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, represented by spouse of the vice-president, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, counseled NOWA for the initiative. She mentioned the undertaking when accomplished would assist cater for the well being care wants of ladies and kids in Nigeria.

In response to her, the statistics on well being care wants notably because it pertains to ladies and kids has revealed a necessity for pressing intervention.

She mentioned: “This facility will probably be useful to Nigerian Navy Personnel households, Sister Service’s households and different safety companies households and certainly the whole nation. Additionally it is gratifying to notice that this undertaking will assist some exhausting to achieve rural areas who will now have entry to this facility. The federal authorities will proceed to intervene in high quality well being care supply and solely not too long ago dedicated to revitalising major healthcare supply in Nigeria resulting from its influence on rural communities.

“Let me state right here that within the face of dwindling income, the federal authorities welcomes initiatives equivalent to this that brings succor to a big a part of our society. I subsequently commend the NOWA president, her group and certainly the whole Nigerian Navy household for rising to the event and heeding the clarion name to contribute to the onerous activity on nation-building.

“On my half, I pledge to assist this undertaking and different worthy causes that the NOWA organisation could want to embark on. I’m additionally fairly joyful that this undertaking will probably be delivered throughout the tenure of this administration additional underlining our collective resolve to deal with our challenges one after the opposite.           

“Let me finish this speech with a quote from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she mentioned ‘if you’d like a factor mentioned ask a person, however if you’d like a factor completed ask a girl.’ I ask the NOWA president, Hajiya Nana Gambo, to construct a hospital we’ll all be happy with.”

Additionally, talking on the fund-raising, Mrs. Buhari, who was represented by the spouse of the previous Minister of Inside, Hajia Hadiza Danbazau, counseled the affiliation for the initiative, including that the undertaking when accomplished could be very useful to Nigerians.

In response to her, the statistics on well being care wants notably because it pertains to ladies and kids has known as for pressing intervention.

FCT minister

Likewise, the Minister of FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, represented by the Mandate secretary FCT Well being and Human Companies, Abubakar Tafida, mentioned the undertaking will present succour to ladies and kids within the metropolis.

He mentioned: “The ceremony we’re gathered right here to witness represents one of many cardinal achievements of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which has supplied a peaceable enabling setting that has permitted all of us to contribute our particular person and collective quotas to the event of our society.

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“I commend NOWA for not solely conceiving this laudable undertaking but in addition for its willpower and tenacity in guaranteeing that it comes into fruition. The development of this contemporary specialised hospital that won’t solely meet international finest practices when it comes to safeguarding the setting but in addition leveraging expertise to offer high quality well being care may be very welcome certainly because it additionally advances  our ongoing efforts to make Abuja a inexperienced and good metropolis.

“As one of many quickest rising cities on the earth, with an growing cosmopolitan demography, the availability of internationally acceptable well being care service is a significant precedence of the FCT administration. We’ve subsequently put in place very deliberate measures to draw personal sector participation within the well being sector, whereas additionally making appreciable funding within the public well being sector. Our efforts in each situations are paying off as our public well being establishments are judged as among the finest within the nation.

“This hospital by NOWA is subsequently a really welcome addition to the FCT medical panorama and we’re certainly very proud to be related to it .The FCT administration thereby pledges its cooperation in the direction of the completion of this undertaking.”


Equally, the president of Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Affiliation (DEPOWA), Barrister Vickie Irabor, whereas commending NOWA, pledged DEPOWA’s ethical and monetary assist in the direction of the completion of the undertaking.   

“I recall the early phases of our appointment, after I mentioned concepts with the president, Nigerian Military Officer Wives Affiliation (NAOWA), NOWA and Nigerian Air Pressure Officers’ Wives Affiliation (NAFOWA), on what initiatives we might deliver to life based mostly on our private passions, tales and journeys that assist the mandate of knowledgeable armed forces and on the finish contribute to an improved barracks neighborhood.

“I bear in mind vividly that the NOWA president was biased in the direction of initiatives that may enhance the well being of ladies and kids. It’s subsequently not a shock that her ardour has been neutered in the direction of the institution of this facility which I consider would be the first of many.

“I’m excited that this facility will instantly complement the general aims of DEPOWA which is uniting our voices first. It’s laudable that the NOWA president has towed the road of modernisation and ingenuity with a sensible mannequin of the power as it will little doubt take hospital service supply up the notch and function a brand new benchmark well being care supply in Nigeria.

“I’m glad that this facility has taken into consideration the psychological well being of ladies and kids by making a inexperienced setting, a key component within the psychological therapeutic course of. Could I at this juncture guarantee NOWA of the unflinching assist of DEPOWA with all palms on deck to assist this undertaking morally and financially?”