The North East Development Commission (NEDC) says it will rehabilitate and equip the Borno Government dental and eyes hospitals.
The Managing Director of NEDC, Mr Mohammed Alkali, made this known on Friday after touring facilities in the hospitals.
Alkali said the support was in line with the commission’s mandate to intervene in various sectors including health in the north east region.
“I am here to assess and see what we can do to upgrade the hospitals for quality services.
“We will not only renovate buildings but also provide necessary equipment and facilities that will make this place a centre of excellence.
“We have education endowment fund to educate and train people in all areas including teachers, doctors and nurses to train people that will handle some of the equipment to be provided,” Alkali said.
Responding, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammed Arab, lauded NEDC for its sustained support to the health sector, adding that the interventions have gone a long way in complementing the state government commitment to the sector.
Arab said that the state government had already sent young medical personnel for training for the needed manpower to handle upgraded facilities in the hospitals.
“By the time this place is upgraded by NEDC, it is going to be another facility for training and research,” Arab said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Maiduguri dental and eyes hospital, built in the 80s, is being patronised by patients from Borno and neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon. (NAN)