Professor William Qurix, the Vice-Chancellor of Bingham University, federal
Professor William Qurix, the Vice-Chancellor of Bingham University.

Federal Gov’t Urged To Invest In Nigeria’s Health System


Professor William Qurix, the Vice-Chancellor of Bingham University is urging the Nigerian Federal government to invest in the healthcare system so as to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate.

He stated this during the commissioning of the Jennifer Etuh Specialist Hospital and the Jennifer Etuh Skills Acquisition Centre, in Mallagum, Kagoro, Kaduna state.

According to Qurix, the poor healthcare system is one of the factors that is responsible for high rate of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.

“The World Health Organisation estimates that about 830 women die every day from maternal cases related to pregnancy and childbirth. In Nigeria, the maternal mortality rate was estimated to be 545 per 100,000 as at 2019. These frightening statistics, call for concern as it threatens our healthcare system.”

It was reported by the PUNCH that the hospital is the second medical facility out of the six planned for the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

On the 26th of January, the foundation had established its first medical centre in Odu Ogboyega in Kogi state. The medical facility would then be managed by Bingham University while the skill centre would be managed by the Family Worship Centre.

According to Mr. Thomas Etuh, the chairman of the foundation, the centres were built in memory of his late wife, Mrs. Jennifer Etuh.

Dr. Ufuwai Bonet, the chief of Kangoro, stated that the establishment of the medical facility was unique, “First, it concerns an aspect that touches directly on the life of the people, that is maternal and child health care which is one of the sustainable development goals.’’

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was being represented by the former Senate President, Ayim Pius Ayim, had commended the foundation for donating the hospital and skill acquisition centre for humanity.