President Muhammadu Buhari has
inaugurated the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar, the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Inaugurating the hospital on Tuesday in Calabar, Buhari said that the
facility would improve the quality of health services to naval
personnel, their families and the general public.
He said that his administration places premium on the welfare and
welll-being of security personnel who are fighting tirelessly to
maintain peace and order in the country.
According to him, the drive of his administration was also to provide
affordable healthcare service to the general public.
“The importance of this facility cannot be over-emphasised, most
importantly for the personnel of the Armed Forces in view of the
ernomous mental and physical exertion.
“I have no doubt that this facility, built with the state-of-the-art
equipment, will improve the health standard of military personnel,
their families and the general public.
“I charge the Navy to ensure sustainace of this high standard
hospital. This will help to realise the the value of the resources
committed into the project.
“Our investment in healthcare and accommodation for military personnel
will help them to bring out their best in national security.
“I want to commend the Chief of the Naval staff and the Chief of
Defence Staff for realising these great projects”, he said.
The President also commissioned the 100 units model bricks
accommodation at Atimbo navy barracks for officers of the Eastern
Speaking, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ete-Ibas, said that
the building of the project was conceived between 1974 and 1976.
Ete-Ibas explained that the project was designed to serve as a model
medical force multiplier facility for the Nigerian Navy and other
military and paramilitary services in the Southern part of the
The CNS said that the physical fitness and accommodation of naval
personnel was key to discharging optimal services.
He said that the hospital has been equipped with modern facilities
that would help in reducing medical tourism abroad.
According to him, the hospital has the capacity to effectively see up
to 50 physiotherapy patients daily.
“Although work commenced on the facility in 1980 as a project of the
Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, it suffered slow progress and
was eventually handed over to the Ministry of Defence in 1994.
“By 2012 when the Nigerian Navy took over the project, it was barely
at 30 per cent completion over the 32 years construction period.
“A renewed commitment was however made in 2016 by the Nigerian Navy
administration to deliver the hospital in a grander form than
originally conceptualized”, he said.
He commended President Buhari for releasing funds for the completion
of the project, expressing hope that the value of the investment will
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by Dr
Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of State for Health, lauded the Navy for
He said that Crossriverians were blessed to have the project coming
into full operation, adding that the facility would deliver the best
medical services to military personnel and the public. (NAN)