In 1974, the government of the defunct North Eastern State of Nigeria initiated the construction of the specialist hospital in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The president of Nigeria has successfully commissioned the new University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) on Thursday, following the Zoom meeting held online.
The University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH now has 800 bed facility spread across 22 wards in addition to the medical college of Maiduguri.
The trauma centre, which is the first in the North East consist of a neuro-trauma operation theatre, orthopaedic theatre, vascular/general surgery theatre and a helipad for emergencies.
Other projects are physical rehabilitation centre fully funded by the intentional Committee of Red Cross, ICRC; General Out Patient Department/National Health Insurance Scheme complex; students hostel and a 1000-set multipurpose auditorium built by the Borno state Government.
Briefing on the projects, the chief medical director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo said these projects and many other ongoing projects makes UMTH the largest hospital in the state.
‘These projects and many other projects such as the 150-bed capacity stroke centre, 150-bed capacity child institute, radiotherapy centre, bones centre, kidney centre extension, when completed, makes the UMTH the largest hospital in Nigeria with a total bed capacity of 1200, ‘ the CMD said.
Also speaking, the Nigerian Head of Deligation, ICRC, Mr. Eloi Fillion thanked the Nigerian government for supporting ICRC in establishing the Physical Rehabilitation Centre.
The commissioning was also attended by the Governor of Borno, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, minister of finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, the shehu of Borno, Alh. Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-amin Elkanami, members of National Assembly, board members of the hospital, ICRC and World Health Organization representatives, among others.