Outgoing Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade continued his legacy projects on Saturday with the unveiling of the state of art 140-bed Obudu-German Specialist Hospital, by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.
The first-class monarch said it was a self-fulfilling experience and an honour for him to travel to Cross River to commission the hospital.
According to Bayero, “It is a great honour for me and the entire people of Kano Emirate to be here in Cross River to Commission, not just this hospital but other projects of His Excellency.
“Cross River is blessed to have Ayade as a son. His achievements are not talk shows, they are real.
“This hospital is one of his signature projects. I have been around the world and there is no difference between this hospital and the standard hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Europe. So, I appeal to the management of this hospital to maintain the standard,” the emir remarked.
The Governor, Ayade, said the hospital was established by his administration in partnership with the Coscharis Group.
The outgoing governor disclosed that the hospital was conceived to make Cross River State, the number one destination for medical tourism in Nigeria.
“Here, you have a situation where you have the best equipment, facility and personnel. With the ambience of Obudu Cattle Ranch and the serenity of the atmosphere, I can tell you that medical tourism will thrive here at Obudu-German Hospital,” Ayade said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmas Maduka described the medical facility as second to none in Nigeria.
He noted that the Obudu-German hospital was comparable to any German hospital worldwide.
He lauded Ayade as a visionary leader for conceiving the idea of the hospital in 2020, and for bringing it to reality three years later.
Maduka challenged sceptics to “please visit this hospital and see things for yourselves.”
In her address, Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Janet Ekpenyong said the hospital was a crystallisation of Ayade’s desire for quality healthcare, describing him as the pro-health governor who has achieved unprecedented milestones in the sector.
Speaking earlier, the acting medical director of the hospital, Dr Seun Fasuranti listed the modern medical equipment at the hospital to include – a 1.5 Tesla MRI, 128 Slice CT scan, 3D Mammogram, ENT treatment units, Mobile Xray, Dental Xray, digital X-ray, latest 3D/4D ultrasound machine, colour Doppler scan, echo, dialysers, robotic pharmacy, and pressure swing absorption oxygen plant among others.
According to him, the Obudu-German Hospital also has three sophisticated modular theatres aside from the other mini theatres.
The hospital, Dr Fasuranti further informed, will run electronically with world-class electronic medical records.