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22 Feb

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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22 Feb

Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) leaders for “turning Turkey into a bloodbath” and said they should be tried for “aiding and abetting terrorist organizations.”

In a speech to members of the CHP İstanbul branch, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said the neighboring Syria has become a new Afghanistan, an operational center for all jihadist groups. “They went there under protection offered by the government. Turkey has become embroiled in a process of Pakistanization,” said Kılıçdaroğlu.

The CHP leader said a total of 234 people were killed in six bombings across Turkey over the past six months. “No country that is not in a war has been through such a deep trauma. How can it be that 234 people have been killed over the past six months but no is held accountable politically?” he said.

28 people, mostly soldiers, were killed when a car laden with explosives detonated as buses carrying military personnel stopped at traffic lights in downtown Ankara on Feb. 17. It was the second bomb attack in the city over the past four months. On Oct. 10, 2015, more than 100 people were killed when two bombs exploded second apart among a crowd headed to a peace rally in the bloodiest terror attack in the history of the Turkish Republic.

President RecepTayyipErdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu blamed the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the Feb. 17 attack, although its political arm, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) denied YPG involvement. The Oct. 10 attack is believed to have been carried out by militants linked with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), although the government insisted that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group was also involved.

Kılıçdaroğlu said ISIL has emerged as a new source of trouble as if the PKK was not enough. “You handed them guns, you turned cities into weapon warehouses. ISIL has recruited militants from 70 provinces across Turkey,” he said, adding that the AK Party leaders, including President Erdoğan, should be called to account for what he called aiding and abetting terrorist organizations.

“Why has Turkey been Pakistanized? Because of aiding and abetting [terrorist groups]. Everyone should be aware of this fact,” he said.

The CHP leader said the terrorist groups gained ground in Turkey because the country is not well governed and added that former President Abdullah Gül, who co-founded AK Party, partly shares these concerns as well.

Gül, speaking to reporters on Feb. 19, said Turkey was going through the most difficult time of its history, in comments on the latest bomb attack in Ankara.

Culled from Today’s Zaman Newspaper 


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