The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Dr. Walter Kazadi Molumbo, has pledged more support for the Nigerian government in strengthening the healthcare and public system, especially during emergencies.
Dr. Molumbo, who was represented by the WHO zonal coordinator, Northeast Zone, Dr. Jalal-Eddeen Salah, disclosed this during the ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the University Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) in Borno state.
The Country Representative, who celebrated the milestone of the institution, also emphasised that the journey ahead is just as crucial and the world of health care is continuously evolving and must adapt to collectively meet the emerging challenges and opportunities.
“One of the lessons that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is the importance of a strong healthcare system and global solidarity.
“It is through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation that we can effectively combat existing and future health threats.
“In this regard, the WHO remains committed to supporting the efforts of the CMD and the Nigerian government in strengthening the healthcare and public health systems,” he said.
He further explained, “Our partnership will focus on various aspects including promoting preventive health measures and strengthening disease surveillance.
“We are also committed to building the capacity of healthcare professionals through training and knowledge transfer as we move forward.”
The Special Guest of Honour, and Nigeria’s Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Health, Dr. Salma Ibrahim Anas, said the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital has contributed immensely to medical care for people far and near including the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroon.
“This is indeed an epoch-making event as it defines a significant milestone in the task of training, services, and research. The mandate of this federal institution is focused on all three to ensure delivery of quality healthcare to the citizens of Nigeria,” he said.
The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, in his remarks commended the UMTH and WHO, among other partners, saying the teaching hospital has contributed immensely to the healthcare delivery and manpower development across the region.
Governor Zulum reaffirmed his commitment to providing the necessary support and resources to ensure the hospital’s continued success in serving the people of Borno State.
The Special Guest of Honour commissioned and unveiled the Zainab Shamsuna Child and Adolescent Centre, and also laid the foundation for the new Ahmed Bola Tinubu ICT Centre and the Heart Centre, among other projects.