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).
“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.”
“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.