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A team from the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, led by Dr. Tolu Adewole held a business discussion with the Management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital earlier today to carry out an on the spot assessment of the hospital’s Cancer Center to ascertain the current situation of the Facility.

During the discussion, Dr. Tolu stated that the meeting was mandated by the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare to revamp some cancer centres across the six Geo-political Zones.

He added that UBTH has been designated as one of the Centres to benefit from the project.

The team-lead noted that as a condition precedent before installation of the Cancer treatment machine, a checklist will be completed by the concerned Officers of the hospital, there would be need for the assessment of the cancer facility which he said will be on pro- Bono basis, the implementation stage which will be charged, viability gap fund, Human Resources upon which a management service agreement will be signed with the hospital.

Most importantly, he added that a stable clean uninterrupted power supply to run for 24 hours is very vital as the cancer treatment machine could suffer damages if the power supply is interrupted or a speck of dust comes in contact with the lens of the machine.

Responding, the Chief Medical Director, Prof Darlington Obaseki, thanked the team for choosing UBTH as one of the Centres to benefit from the project. He particularly noted that he has been traumatised over the long delay in activating the project in the hospital.

He said he was delighted with the coming on board of this project as the only Cancer machine installed by VAMED project is out of use owing to its unserviceable nature.

The CMD assured the team that the hospital has a stable power supply from Ossiomo that can conveniently support the Cancer treatment machine when installed.

Prof Obaseki informed the NSIA Team that the installation of the Machine will be a boost as the hospital receives on the average over 1000 outpatients daily with over 600 inpatients during peak periods.

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The University of Benin Teaching Hospital was taken over by the Federal Government on April 1st, 1975 as the fifth teaching hospital coming after Ibadan Teaching Hospital and Lagos Teaching Hospital.

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