The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has commended the partnership between Siemens HealthCare and Swiss Biostadt Limited in Abuja, towards improving health care service delivery in the country.
The minister in his keynote address stated that the focus of the present administration is to scale-up health care service delivery for approximately 100 million Nigerians.
While congratulating Swiss Biostadt and Siemens HealthCare on the strategic health care business partnership, the minister added that he hopes the return on investment would extend beyond business into the social sphere where lives need to be saved, disabilities skilled and illnesses prevented in the first place.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Swiss Biostadt Limited, Dr. Emma Ajayi on this part, said technology today drives the world in all facets of life, saying that Nigerian, should not be exempted.
He added: “Technology today can do to the healthcare sector what cell-phone has done to communications. We do not intend to stop until every Nigerian can take healthcare as given. This partnership will deliver it. We are in it for a long haul and not a 100-meters dash race.”
He said the focus of the partnership is to address the emerging need for medical equipment as well as bridge the gap in healthcare technology as identified in the healthcare sector.
The Managing Director, Siemens Nigeria, Mrs. Onyeche Tiifasi in her remark stated that the partnership between Siemens healthcare and Swiss Biostadt will last a long-time, reaching all tentacles of the entire economy.
She added that she is convinced of the partnership because the healthcare sector is the key enabler for the long time success of a nation.
The Chairman of SBL, Dr. Cosmas Maduka mentioned that the partnership has provided a platform to conveniently resolve and deal with the Nigerian healthcare issues of imaging and laboratory diagnostics, emphasising that SBL’s care for the healthcare system resulted to this drastic shift towards improving technology for increased accessibility and affordability.
Representative of the Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki, Dr. Tejuosho in his remarks stated that he expects the partnership to blossom towards improving diagnostics in the country, maintaining that proper diagnosis is essential for improved healthcare of the populace.
He encouraged the duo to plan towards developing a standard diagnosis in the country with emphasis in empowering the health care workers on the use and maintenance of the medical equipment.
Siemens healthcare is the world’s leader in Direct Imaging and Laboratory Diagnostics crucial to medicare. The company deals on Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT Scan), X-Ray, Mammography, and Ultrasound machines- all to diagnose various ailments and diseases.
Swiss Biostadt’s vision is to deliver healthcare in Nigeria with the state-of-the art technologies.