August 18, 2022.
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Edo state.
Minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement while inaugurating the Primary Health Care, PHC, Leadership Challenge at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
While speaking at the event organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, in collaboration with development partners, the minister added that the president also gave approval for the establishment of two other such health facility in Plateau and Taraba states, raising the number of orthopedic hospitals in the country by three.
According to Dr Ehanire, the approval for the facities was in furtherance of the need to enhance an even spread of important federal health institutions across the geo-political zones hence the need to cover the North-East, North-Central and South-South has one respectively.
Nigeria has notable National Orthopaedic Hospitals in Enugu, Dala, and Igbobi in Enugu, Kano and Lagos states respectively. They are in addition to the one at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Meanwhile the Nigerian Senate passed a bill establishing Orthopaedic Hospital in Kuta, Niger state in March 2021 while the House of Representatives passed another bill approving the setting up of more National Orthopaedic Hospitals in Benin, Jos and Jalingo in Taraba, Plateau and Edo state’s respectively a year later.
In addition, the senate passed a bill to amend the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board Act to provide for the establishment of two more Federal Orthopaedic hospitals in Kwara and Osun States.