Nigeria to Establish National Diaspora Trauma Center in Abuja
In conjunction with the Consulate General in Atlanta Georgia and with the support of the Consulates- General Missions in Atlanta, New York, and Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC, Nigerians living outside the country will soon be establishing a National Diaspora Trauma Center in Abuja in order to make health care delivery more accessible to the people.
According to the Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe while briefing participants at the conference on the Trauma Center which was recently held at The Westin Hotel in Atlanta, the multimillion dollars project would be made an outstanding facility in the entire Africa as a center of medical excellence as well as a reference point.
Teneilabe added that he was convinced, after a deep reflection that, the Trauma Center should be run as a business but with special provision for under-privileged and indigent patients for the purpose of sustainability, stressing that it should also be 100 Per Cent owned, manned and managed by the Diaspora worldwide.
While, the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Consulate Generals in Atlanta Georgia and New York will be acting as patrons to provide guidance rather than being chairs of any of the project Committees, there are also plans to consider the formation of the Committee for Mobilization for all Nigerians in the Diaspora as well as the Audit and Accounts Committee which will effectively take stock of contributions and as well audit the funds that are being contributed.
He stressed that it was now time for all the Nigerians living outside the country to rise up and give back to their nation by donating immensely towards the project, stressing that the National Trauma Center would serve as a life-saving facility for all Nigerians.
In a brief chat with LEADERSHIP after the event, the Chairman of the Project Committee, Dr. Toks Onabanjo, said that the Trauma Center if established, would deliver the best patient available, promote research, education and prevention for all traumas, accept all appropriate referrals of injured of all ages, and as well provide educational opportunities for nurses, pre-hospital providers and physicians on trauma and related issues.
Dr. Onabanjo also added that there were enough expertise among Nigerians in the Diaspora to ensure a standard product delivery. Click here for video coverage.