The African Development Bank (AfDB) made it known on Thursday that the bank was willing to adopt the multi-system Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, as partner to offer medical services to its staff across Africa.
Dr. Augustine Uhunwangho, AfDB Regional Senior Medical Doctor, Nigeria Country Deoartment, who commended investment in the teaching hospital, stated that the financial institution was interested in places where its staff could get proper medical care.
The Senior Medical Doctor made this known at ABUAD during an assessment tour of the medical facility.
“It is a policy of the Bank to ensure that staff are physically fit, so, they do periodic medical evaluation. There are places that we really want, to ensure they get adequate and the best form of medical care.
“We came for objective assessment so that we can recommend the use of the hospital for our staff who are all over the place within the country and outside the country where they supervise various activities of the Bank.
“We are here on a fact-finding mission. Our desire is to be able to, at the end of this exercise, recommend the hospital to the insurance company that takes care of the health needs of staff, so that they would be able to engage the hospital and possibly enroll them as one of the health centres that take care of the staff needs,” he stated.
Chief Afe Babalola, ABUAD Founder, applauded the Bank for supporting the institution in terms of recognition and finances.
“AfDB has invested so much in us, but we have invested much more on that hospital more than you expected,” Babalola stated.
The ABUAD Founder also made it known that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has agreed to do the same thing, adding that “others are in the pipeline.”