Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has commenced the construction of the State University Teaching Hospital and College of Medical Sciences as part of criteria to facilitate the award of degree in medicine, surgery as well as other medical programmes by the University of Maiduguri.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, laid their foundation stones at Njimtilo, near the university’s campus along Maiduguri-Damaturu road on thursday.

In his address, Governor Zulum said establishing the state university teaching hospital and college of medical sciences are part of the Implementation of the newly launched 25year development plan for the state.

He noted ” We want to start medical courses especially medicine in the state university so that we can produce healthcare providers and undertake research as well, but aside academic purposes, we know that there is increasing population in Maiduguri and we have only one teaching hospital, and Maiduguri has population of over 3 million inhabitants.

According to Governor Zulum the new teaching hospital will serve the increasing population in the State.

Chairman of the committee for the establishment of Teaching Hospital/Medical College, Prof. Othman Kyari said the project flagged off was the first phase.

“This is the first phase of this teaching hospital, in coming up with this, we looked for the best of the best of our existing teaching hospitals and other teaching hospitals outside the country.

” The requirements of all the regulatory bodies (medicine and surgery, dentists, radiologists, pharmacists etc) were put into consideration, we believe that by the time this complex is completed, I think it will probably be one of the best in the country” Kyari said.