US group to open $246m medical complex in Nigeria

The Lagos state government in Nigeria yesterday announced plans to build what it calls a "world class Medical Park" under a public private partnership (PPP) deal with a consortium of US healthcare companies.

State health officials said the two-hectare facility would cost investors $246m (Naira 49bn), with the state donating the site, a former nursing college.

From among 16 competing consortia and companies, the project was awarded to Medipark International Limited Consortium, which comprises of Medipark International Limited, Cleveland Clinics of Ohio USA, St. Barnabas Healthcare System of New Jersey and American Hospital Management Company, of Washington DC.

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Announcing the deal, the state government said Medipark would form a joint venture arrangement with Ibile Holdings.

The state’s health commissioner Dr. Jide Idris said the park will be a "one stop shopping medical experience" catering for general and specialty medical services.

It will have clinics, operations theatres, conference rooms plus a "lifestyle shopping centre", residential accommodation, staff quarters, and a hotel.

He called the PPP initiative was a milestone in healthcare delivery aimed at reducing medical tourism abroad.

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