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 FCT Minister Muhammad Bello says that the FCT Administration FCTA has no plan to close the Garki District Hospital The information is in a statement issued by Ogunleye the minister s chief press secretary in Abuja on Thursday Ogunleye said the minister gave the assurance when he received the executive members of the FCT branch of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA It quoted the minister as saying that the 15 year concession agreement signed between the FCTA and Nisa Medical Group on the management of the hospital expires on Thursday 31 March After which the hospital reverts to the FCTA to allow the administration to provide more public hospital bed space Bello said that contrary to rumors circulating the FCTA had no plans to stop operations of the hospital even for a single day after the expiration of the 15 year concession contract He added that the FCT Administration is not terminating the Garki District Hospital Concession The situation is that an agreement was reached 15 years ago and the Administration and Nisa Medical Group mutually accepted it It was an agreement that had a start date and an expiration date So the agreement is supposed to expire on Thursday March 31 so it is not the FCT that terminates the agreement Bello explained that the idea of the Public Private Partnership PPP arrangement was very good and added that in fact after that PPP we have done a couple of PPPs in infrastructure Even within our existing hospitals we are now working on a model where specialized departments would be run in a PPP arrangement The idea is to expand the hospital and the space for specialties So we re not finishing anything It is an agreement that is going to expire Bello said the government has a responsibility to provide medical care to FCT residents and closing the hospital would run counter to that responsibility So how could we simply close our hospital while we have been given a mandate to provide healthcare Many people had told me that Garki District Hospital would be closed that many people would lose their jobs It s hard for me to understand frankly How can a government just close a hospital The minister assured that the officials of the FCTA and the Nisa Medical Group will work on the modalities in the future adding that any agreement that is reached thereafter will be the best for the residents of the territory It will also be in the best interest of other hospital customers outside of the FCT he added He also assured that all medical professionals working or training at the hospital who wished to remain there were free to do so emphasizing that the FCT Administration had no intention of interrupting activities at the hospital He commended the NMA for supporting the FCT Administration Earlier FCT NMA Chairman Dr Enema Amodu had expressed concern over FCTA s decision to terminate Garki District Hospital s concession agreement with Nisa Medical Group It said If for other reasons the FCTA deems it appropriate not to renew the grant with NISA Medical Group the administration should consider physicians and other health care workers currently employed by the hospital with a view to retaining their services and completing their programs like residence training and internships However he praised the minister for the achievements in infrastructure development at the FCT and reaffirmed NMA s commitment to partner with the administration
No plan to shut Garki District Hospital – FCT Minister

Minister Muhammad Bello

FCT Minister Muhammad Bello says that the FCT Administration (FCTA) has no plan to close the Garki District Hospital.

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The information is in a statement issued by Ogunleye, the minister’s chief press secretary in Abuja on Thursday.

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Nigerian Medical Association

Ogunleye said the minister gave the assurance when he received the executive members of the FCT branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

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Nisa Medical Group

It quoted the minister as saying that “the 15-year concession agreement signed between the FCTA and Nisa Medical Group on the management of the hospital expires on Thursday 31 March.

“After which, the hospital reverts to the FCTA to allow the administration to provide more public hospital bed space.”

Bello said that contrary to rumors circulating, the FCTA had no plans to stop operations of the hospital even for a single day after the expiration of the 15-year concession contract.

FCT Administration

He added that “the FCT Administration is not terminating the Garki District Hospital Concession.

Administration and Nisa Medical Group

“The situation is that an agreement was reached 15 years ago and the Administration and Nisa Medical Group mutually accepted it.

“It was an agreement that had a start date and an expiration date. So, the agreement is supposed to expire on Thursday, March 31, so it is not the FCT that terminates the agreement.”

Public Private Partnership

Bello explained that the idea of ​​the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement was very good and added that “in fact, after that PPP, we have done a couple of PPPs in infrastructure.

“Even within our existing hospitals, we are now working on a model where specialized departments would be run in a PPP arrangement.

“The idea is to expand the hospital and the space for specialties. So, we’re not finishing anything. It is an agreement that is going to expire.”

Bello said the government has a responsibility to provide medical care to FCT residents and closing the hospital would run counter to that responsibility.

“So how could we simply close our hospital, while we have been given a mandate to provide healthcare?

Garki District Hospital

“Many people had told me that Garki District Hospital would be closed; that many people would lose their jobs; It’s hard for me to understand, frankly. How can a government just close a hospital?

Nisa Medical Group

The minister assured that the officials of the FCTA and the Nisa Medical Group will work on the modalities in the future, adding that any agreement that is reached thereafter will be the best for the residents of the territory.

“It will also be in the best interest of other hospital customers outside of the FCT,” he added.

FCT Administration

He also assured that all medical professionals working or training at the hospital who wished to remain there were free to do so, emphasizing that the FCT Administration had no intention of interrupting activities at the hospital.

FCT Administration

He commended the NMA for supporting the FCT Administration.

FCT NMA Chairman Dr

Earlier, FCT NMA Chairman Dr. Enema Amodu had expressed concern over FCTA’s decision to terminate Garki District Hospital’s concession agreement with Nisa Medical Group.

Medical Group

It said: “If for other reasons the FCTA deems it appropriate not to renew the grant with NISA Medical Group, the administration should consider physicians and other health care workers currently employed by the hospital with a view to retaining their services and completing their programs. like residence. training and internships.”

However, he praised the minister for the achievements in infrastructure development at the FCT and reaffirmed NMA’s commitment to partner with the administration.

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