The president, who was represented at the commissioning of the centre located at the National Hospital, Abuja, by Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo, stressed the importance of the new facility to government’s push for better health outcomes.
Jonathan said the Abuja trauma centre was the first in the country and would be expected to provide the highest level of treatment for trauma patients in an effective and cost-efficient manner.
Also speaking at the commissioning, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the centre was one of many projects in the strategic plan to be established in the country with the capacity to handle all forms of trauma.
He said: “The commissioning of this level one trauma centre will certainly enhance healthcare delivery in this speciality and our country will save foreign reserves currently expended on overseas medical tourism.”
The 60-bed trauma centre is to provide comprehensive emergency services to patients suffering from traumatic injuries from accidents.
It has a radiology unit with full body low dose x-ray, three operating theatres, 12 adult intensive-care units, laboratory, library, conference rooms and a helipad at the rooftop.