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22 Feb Written by  Yahaya Etila

Nizamiye Hospital: Expanding the Frontiers of Healthcare in Nigeria

There are perhaps no private individuals doing more to strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and Turkey than the owners of the First Surat Group of Companies who have continued to invest in the Nigerian economy over many years. They have made a mark in the education sector through the establishment of the prestigious Nigerian Turkish International Colleges and the Nigerian Turkish Nile University. Having succeeded in that sector, the Turkish investors decided to extend its activity to the Nigerian healthcare sector, which frankly, is begging for attention. Their effort has resulted in the founding, in 2014, of the Nigerian Turkish Nizamiye Hospital.

The hospital is a magnificent 5-storey building on a 12.000 m2 plot, in Life Camp, Abuja. Estimated to have cost $20 million, a visit to the health facility will proof that it is money well spent. Its  premises is fitted with over 50 CCTV surveillance cameras, online UPS system, standby generators, fire extinguishing system with smoke detectors and sprinklers, centralised air conditioning system, centralised medical gas system, and centralised nursing call system in the wards.

Nizamiye Hospital is as well-equipped as it is imposing. It boasts state-of-the-art medical technologies in its various sections, including a full emergency service, intensive care unit, radiology unit, and first rate laboratories and pharmacy. With its 4D ultrasound facility, expecting mothers can view their unborn babies, and the PACS system it uses allows the scans to be saved. The radiology clinic is also equipped with a 4D ultrasonography machine which lets a patient watch inside his/her body in 3D view.

Its cardiology clinic uses the ECHO, ECG and Treadmill to diagnose cardiovascular diseases, while urology clinic uses transurethral resection technique for prostrate operations and kidney stones extraction, all without making any cuts in the process. For cancer diagnosis, it uses microscopic bone marrow analysis and to diagnose digestive system diseases, it uses colonoscopy tools.

Nizamiye Hospital has put in place all these facilities to bring efficient and affordable healthcare to Nigerians. It is a fact that at present, medical tourism constitutes a large percentage travels out of the country. Whatever kind of treatment sought abroad can now be obtained locally. The hospital was conceived as a first class medical centre, with a vision of being the ‘first hospital coming to mind to the question of: “Where can I get trusted medical service?”’

Enumerating the disadvantages of travelling abroad for treatment at a press briefing in 2014, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital Dr. Ahsen said, “When you are travelling, you get sicker. There a lot of instances where people die before they could arrive overseas for treatment...Not to mention the cost incurred besides treatment, fare, accommodation, and feeding.

“Here (at Nizamiye),” he added, “You only concern yourself with fees for treatment...So we are here to save that money and that life.”

At a different forum, he said that Nizamiye Hospital will always try its best possible to provide Nigerians with quality health service using modern technology.

“Our hospital is an epitome of humanitarian values combined with quality and advanced technology to promote health. We aim to be a role model in protecting the core human values of love, trust and compassion as we embark on the journey a healthier Nigeria,” he said on the hospital website.

Nizamiye Hospital places a premium on proper diagnosis, which, obviously, is the first step to efficient treatment. With advanced technology, it carries out screening in microbiology, haematology, and pathology biochemical.

When it comes to surgery, it has it covered with its general surgery department, urology, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), orthopaedic and traumatology, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, anaesthesiology and algology, and neurology / neurosurgery departments. In addition, its theatre complex has four fully equipped suites to ensure maximum care during surgery.

As there are no general wards at Nizamiye Hospital, every patient is treated like royalty. At the most, it admits only two patients in a ward. This arrangement enables the staff to give patients the attention they require, having at the back of their minds, an urgency to “discharge the sickness”, as it says in its policy statement,  and help the patient recover health, both physically, emotionally and psychologically. At the moment, the hospital has in its register well over 14,000 patients, a feat buoyed by its penchant for qualitative care at all levels.

Nizamiye Hospital has adequate qualified medical practitioners to man its facilities and meet the demands of ill health in its varied manifestations. It has a mix of Nigerian and Turkish doctors, nurses, lab scientists, dentist, and administrative staff. It is not uncommon to find former patients returning to appreciate the staff for the care they have received while on admission at the hospital.

Their testimonies are proof that the hospital is indeed living up to its mission of providing transparent and reliable medical service to all kinds of people, regardless of their background.

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