Thomp­son & Grace Med­i­cal Univer­sity Signs Part­ner­ship To Boost Health­care

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THOMP­SON& Grace In­vest­ment Lim­ited (TGIL) has joined other pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions glob­ally to as­sist WHO achieve its over-arch­ing ob­jec­tive with the es­tab­lish­ment of the pro­posed Thomp­son & Grace Med­i­cal Univer­sity (TGMU) and Thomp­son & Grace Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal (TGSH) in Nige­ria. Ex­pect­edly, the suc­cess­ful es­tab­lish­ment of th­ese two ma­jor health fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated in Afaha Obong, an out­skirt of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State cap­i­tal, may not be achieved with­out the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts of for­eign ex­pert in­sti­tu­tions from de­vel­oped econ­omy. This ne­ces­si­tated a part­ner­ship be­tween TGIL and a Ger­man in­sti­tu­tion, Univer­sity of Ham­burg (UKE) to get this ma­jor pro­ject off the ground.

The part­ner­ship deal was sealed re­cently at the Abuja of­fice of the Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Am­bassa- dor Bern­hard Sch­lagheck, with the sign­ing of a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) be­tween TGIL and the Univer­sity of Ham­burg (UKE) for the for­mer to “con­sult in the de­sign and op­er­a­tion” of the health fa­cil­i­ties. Although the MOU was signed at the serene of­fice of Am­bas­sador, it was made pub­lic by the Pres­i­dent/chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Thomp­son & Grace In­vest­ment Lim­ited, Dr. Isaac Thomp­son Amos, at a health sem­i­nar re­cently put to­gether by his or­gan­i­sa­tion to sen­si­tise the health pro­fes­sion­als in Nige­ria, es­pe­cially the ones in the academia, on the dream of TGIL to help boost med­i­cal tourism in Nige­ria. In­deed, the leader of the Ger­man team used the oc­ca­sion of the sem­i­nar to pub­licly present copies of the MOU to Dr. Amos. The sem­i­nar was aptly themed: Howe­d­u­ca­tion,health,andmedicinecan­be­trans­formed­to­ben­e­fit­nige­ri­aandafrica.

While the leader of the UKE team, Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Uwe Koch-gro­mus, Dean of the Med­i­cal Fac­ulty of the Univer­sity of Ham­burg (UKE), Ger­many, signed on be­half of his in­sti­tu­tion, Dr. Amos signed on be­half of his Group in pres­ence of Am­bas­sador Sch­lagheck; Prof. Dr. med. Ans­gar Wil­helm Lohse, Vice Dean, Med­i­cal Fac­ulty of the Univer­sity of Ham­burg (UKE); Prof. Dr. med. Frank Nobert Riedet, fore­most Pae­di­a­tri­cian and for­mer Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of the Al­tona Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Ham­burg, Ger­many; Mr. Ar­min Hut­ten­locher, CEO of RES Pub­lic Af­fairs, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs and Con­sul­tant to the pro­ject from Ber­lin, Ger­many; Mr. Ekem­ini Amos, Projects/tech­ni­cal Ser­vices Di­rec­tor of TGIL; and Dr. Em­manuel Umoh, PMP, Pres­i­dent/ceo of XEQ So­lu­tions, Plano, Texas, USA, among oth­ers.

Speak­ing at the sem­i­nar, Prof. Dr. med Uwe Koch-gro­mus

noted that “the UKE, Ham­burg, Ger­many and TGIL, Nige­ria, signed the Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) for the de­vel­op­ment of aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion in ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est and ex­per­tise, adding that the “col­lab­o­ra­tion es­tab­lished by this MOU will en­hance the in­tel­lec­tual life and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment at both in­sti­tu­tions, and will con­trib­ute to in­creased in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.”

On his part, Dr. Amos dis­closed that the part­ner­ship would en­able both par­ties to jointly “de­velop and pro­vide struc­ture, cur­ricu­lum and prac­ti­cal pro­gram as well as administrative and man­age­ment pro­cesses for the Med­i­cal Univer­sity and Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal.” He said that th­ese med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties are es­tab­lished to pro­vide “train­ing and sup­port in ca­pac­ity build­ing in the ar­eas of med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, clin­i­cal re­search and health­care de­liv­ery pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures as well as health­care man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

He noted that the part­ner­ship would en­able the health fa­cil­i­ties to pro­duce “in­creased num­ber of highly trained and com­pe­tent physi­cians, other health­care pro­fes­sion­als and fa­cil­i­ties to meet the health needs of a rapidly chang­ing Nige­rian so­ci­ety.”

The Med­i­cal Univer­sity and its sis­ter en­ti­ties will there­fore help to ad­dress the cur­rent global short­age of health pro­fes­sion­als, as well as lead Africa to ad­vance in­no­va­tive ways to de­liver health­care to the peo­ple by in­vest­ing in trans­la­tional clin­i­cal, bio­med­i­cal, and health ser­vices re­search, Dr. Amos ex­plained.

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