The new "Mega hospitals" and how they are going to save your life…maybe


Health in the Nigerian polity is often discussed in terms of “hospitals built“….

While all these are important to some extent…no building has ever saved a life…on its own. We will not be able to avoid the critical thinking required to build a health care system. But in the typical Nigerian way…we are trying to build our way out of a problem…

Apollo one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia and best hospital in India is planning to invest $175 million on five new specialty hospitals for children (four in India and one in Nigeria) . I hope that this is good news for the country, and that specialist care will become more accessible to Nigerians. It will not be cheap but it will at least open up a few opportunities for those of us that cannot afford to go to Germany for common colds or strained knees.

Thisday reports that work has commenced on the $150 million Justice Karibi Whyte Mega Specialist Hospital in Rivers State. The state-of-the-art mega specialist hospital that is expected to be one of the best in sub-saharan Africa on completion, is being built by the Amaechi-led administration with Clinotech Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals of Canada as the project consultants.

Daily Trust New health diagnostic centres worth about N1 billion will soon be constructed across the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the FCT Minister, Mohammed Adamu Aleiro

Silva’s promise to Bayelsa….

Nigerian in Britain Hopes to Build Hospital in Homeland

Afam Onyema’s singular goal: to build a hospital in Nigeria

Foundation laying ceremony of the much publicized American Hospital to be built in Abuja

Even Imo State claims to have built the first e- tertiary hospital at Imo State University Teaching Hospital.

…success depends on how it is measured…in the beauty of the hospitals or in terms of “lives saved

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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  1. We NEED health care professionals that know the business and equipment that not only CAN work but WILL work (where we have power and water generation together with access re roads,etc. Qtn is what exactly does the NMA do about these issues? Does it have any say about our health care system? Is there even the possibility of getting doctors to co-operate and work in partnership to deliver affordable health care? This is not to suggest that doctors cannot afford to build edifices but one wonders how individuals can set up and run facilities which the national government has been unable to manage. And to think that even though we haven’t convincingly tackled the unique health problems that wipe us out yet we can forecast to ‘compete’ with Western health solutions… Mind boggling.

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