The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority Healthcare Development and Investment Company (NHDIC) has signed an agreement with the Kwara state government to build and operate a private modern medical diagnostic centre and catheterisation lab in Ilorin.
The project which is part of the NSIA Diagnostics and Oncology Expansion Programme, is estimated to cost the NSIA $5-7 million and it is set to commence before the end of the year.
Kwara state is in the first phase of the programme along with Kaduna and Enugu states, with each centre running as a joint venture between Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the respective states.
The programme is designed to curb medical tourism by providing Kwarans and Nigerians with access to world-class healthcare delivery.
The result is the provision of high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the local market, creation of jobs and development/training on the required clinical resources.
The centre will be located in the existing Harmony Diagnostic Centre Complex along Asa dam Road in Ilorin, according to specifications of the NSIA.
The complex will also be upgraded to what will be called the Asa dam Medical Village, thereby creating a hub for several medical and pharmaceutical facilities, while positioning Kwara state as a new local alternative for quality healthcare.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, signed the agreement with the NSIA in Abuja on behalf of the Kwara state government.
The event was attended by the deputy governor of Enugu state, Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo, representatives of Kaduna state and medical directors of the teaching hospitals, and managing director of the Ilorin Innovation Hub, Mr Temi Kolawole.