The Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aster Group of Hospitals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The partnership, according to ABUAD’s founder, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), would make the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital and the Dubai based medical institution to sign a pact in the areas of training, consultancy, offering of technical expertise and in medical administration.
The memorandum was signed in ABUATH on Tuesday where it was agreed that Aster would offer short and long terms as well as permanent partnership for the smooth take off of ABUATH .
Speaking after the memorandum was signed, Dr. Navin Pascal, who spoke on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of Aster, said the hospitals had subsidiaries in nine countries and had been receiving patients from over 90 countries across the world.
He said it was sad that Nigeria lost over 35,000 doctors to advanced countries due to poor remunerations, saying the trend had been affecting healthcare service in the country.
Babalola revealed that a delegation would leave for Dubai on January 26 to perfect the MoU for enforcement.
“In this partnership, ABUTH and Aster are equal partners. Though, we agreed for long and short terms, but the memorandum may be forever depending on its workability.
“Nigerians can’t afford to be spending so much on medical tourism and I have faith that this partnership will make the country one of the leading nation in healthcare services.”
He said the breaking down of medical equipment in critical areas like dialysis, oncology and cardiology was becoming embarrassing, urging Aster to bring in experts in biomedical engineering to train the experts in ABUATH to prevent such from occurring in the hospital.