FEC approves N592m for OAU Ile-purchase Ife’s of an MRI diagnostic machine

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A total of N592, 271, 792.48 was agreed at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, for the purchase of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment for the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife, South West Nigeria.

Ekumankama Joseph, Minister of State for Health, informed State House Correspondents of the permission and highlighted that it was important to make the purchase due to subpar care provided to patients with conditions that required in-depth diagnosis.

The purchase of a single unit 1.5 MRI machine to replace the outdated 0.2 model that is no longer up to code was graciously allowed by FEC, the Minister claims.

Joseph is confident that after the equipment is delivered and installed, patients who endure difficult trips to receive improved healthcare services would stay in place and use them whenever they want.

He said, “You may not be aware that the University hospital has only one 0.2 Tesla MRI equipment, which is no longer up to standard when you compare it to the advanced technology. The memo that we presented from the Federal Ministry of Health is for the procurement of MRI equipment for the Obafemi Awolowo University Hospital.

“This has made 1.5 MRI equipment available for diagnostic services in the majority of hospitals, both inside and outside the nation.

Therefore, providing the greatest healthcare to people, patients who come to the hospital for diagnostic services and treatment, has proven to be challenging.

As a result, the FEC wisely approved the purchase and supply of a single 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging equipment as well as other accessories in favor of Messrs CG Gasta Company Limited for the sum of N592,271,792.48k, inclusive of 7.5% VAT, with a six-month delivery window.

“With the purchase of this equipment, it is firmly believed that the majority of patients who currently travel to Lagos or other nearby areas in search of better medical care will be able to do so in comfort and leisure while still receiving the necessary medical care at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital.

“Therefore, we thank the Council for the opportunity to receive this kind of clearance, which will significantly improve the health services at the University Teaching Hospital,” they said.

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