The Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Calabar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for collaboration in special areas.
The MoU which was signed on Thursday at UCTH provided a platform for both health institutions to synergize on areas of clinical services, research and training of personnel.
Speaking, Rear Adm. Abubakar Yusuf, Director of Medical Services, Nigerian Navy, said the partnership was aimed at optimising medical services to the people.
Yusuf said that the Navy has the capacity in terms of equipment and infrastructure, adding that they have manpower challenge at various levels.
“In line to optimize our services to the people and offer them the best, we became proactive and looked at how to improve our services.
“We decided to marry our strength with UCTH to give Nigerians the best and we are putting the might of the Nigerian Navy behind this collaboration.
“The three areas we have in mind is Clinical Services, Research and Training. We have the best equipment of world class standard.
“We believe that with this collaboration, we will improve the health of Nigerians. We want to showcase the best medical practice for the good of the people and the country,” he said.
He said that with the partnership, services would improve and charges relatively low and affordable to members of the public irrespective of their income.
Responding, the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Prof. Thomas Agan, said the collaboration would improve services and save more lives at low cost because of the presence of expertise and equipment.
“We know that with this partnership, we will improve our services and invariably make us more efficient and effective in the way we attend and manage our patients.
“With the level of expertise and availability of equipment with state of the arts infrastructure, we assure the public of improved services at affordable charges and this means that more lives will be saved more than ever before,” he said. (NNN)