Thursday, 16 June 2016

Nigeria To Achieve Global Standard Healthcare By 2020 – BMZ

Nigeria has developed a document detailing comprehensive and innovative strategies to facilitate the growth of the country’s  healthcare system to meet global standards.

More than 50 top officials of Federal Ministry of Health and other MDAs have received a copy each of the 72 -page document entitled
“Nigeria Benchmark Medical Zone (BMZ) Project”.

The proposal, presented by Alpha Zomax Consultants, Inc of USA, is designed to establish in each of six Nigeria’s geopolitical zones and the FCT, Abuja, a Benchmark Medical Zone (BMZ).

In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja, the chief executive officer of Alpha Zomax Consultants Inc of USA, Dr Lasbry Uzoma, said the Nigeria BMZ Project  would rekindle the healthy regional competition and active private sector vibrancy that characterized the North, West and Eastern Regions in the 1950s and 1960s before the slippery overreliance on oil.

He said if India, Pakistan, South Korea, Singapore, Brazil and other dynamic developing countries have successfully revitalized their healthcare systems, Nigeria is  well placed to achieve the same.

He said, “ Our nation has the need, and the resources, including foreign and locally trained professionals ready for action.

“We consider the timing of the Nigeria BMZ Project as providential with the avowed posture for change, transparency efficiency and self reliance of the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. In many ways this project synchronizes with the administration’s mission.”

According to Uzoma, the concept is based on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Federal Government of Nigeria limited to less than 25% shareholding of the joint venture companies and consortia that will operate the various enterprise units in the BMZ.

“FGN contribution is mainly in kind through the capitalisation of land and pre-operating expenses.

Credit: Leadership News

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