ZOSLU Ilorin Nigeria
In 2015, BPI decided to launch a programme to provide healthcare services including obstetric and neonatal support and paediatric care for children under five, in the city of Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria. BPI aims to open its second Nigerian based healthcare facility in Ilorin to serve the approximately 3 million Nigerians in the city surrounding areas. While Nigerians is moving slowly towards universal health coverage for some basic healthcare services, specialty surgeries and other procedures are often too far away or expensive to be accessible by the average Nigerian.The aim was to leapfrog healthcare delivery by providing an ultramodern healthcare facility with advance focus specialties that not only will reduce infant mortality, as well as the number of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, but will be financially independent and sustainable and will provide an anchor for community economic development. Using green energy and local treated water we planned Zoslu Ilorin to be net positive energy and water supply. Zoslu Ilorin is planned to provide capacity building to the local healthcare providers community as well as to all supportive services the the Zoslu campus.
Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal constitutional republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abujais located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.
Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960, and plunged into a civil war from 1967–1970. It has since alternated between democratically-elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with its 2011 presidential elections being viewed as the first to be conducted reasonably freely and fairly.
Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 174 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. As of 2015, Nigeria is the world's 20th largest economy, worth more than $500 billion and $1 trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively. It overtook South Africa to become Africa's largest economy in 2014. Also, the debt-to-GDP ratio is only 11 percent, which is 8 percent below the 2012 ratio. Nigeria is considered to be an emerging market by the World Bank; It has been identified as a regional power on the African continent, a middle power in international affairs, and has also been identified as an emerging global power.
Health care delivery in Nigeria is a concurrent responsibility of the three tiers of government in the country, and the private sector. Nigeria has been reorganizing its health system since the Bamako Initiative of 1987, which formally promoted community-based methods of increasing accessibility of drugs and health care services to the population, in part by implementing user fees. The new strategy dramatically increased accessibility through community-based healthcare reform, resulting in more efficient and equitable provision of services. A comprehensive approach strategy was extended to all areas of health care, with subsequent improvement in the health care indicators and improvement in health care efficiency and cost.
The Nigerian health care system is continuously faced with a shortage of doctors known as 'brain drain', because of emigration by skilled Nigerian doctors to North America and Europe. In 1995, it was estimated that 21,000 Nigerian doctors were practising in the United States alone, which is about the same as the number of doctors working in the Nigerian public service. Retaining these expensively trained professionals has been identified as one of the goals of the government.
Ilorin is the capital city of Kwara State in Western Nigeria. As of 2007, it had a population of 847,582, making it the 13th largest city in Nigeria by population.
Ilorin was founded by the Yoruba, one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, in 1450. It became a provincial military headquarters of the ancient Oyo Empire
The legal profession is strong in Ilorin. The first lawyer to take silk in the whole of Nigeria's North is from the city: Alhaji A.G.F. Abdulrazaq (SAN).
The political economy of Kwara State can be traced to 1967 when it was created. Since then the state has undergone various developmental efforts, mostly initiated by the federal government given the nature of the Nigerian state, a centralized federal system where all development policies and programmes originate from the center.
Despite its strategic location as the gateway between the southern and northern parts of the country, there are few industries in Kwara State. The state has a good network of roads, rail and air transportation facilities linking it with Nigeria's other industrial and commercial centers.
Nature has also endowed the state with adequate vast and rich agricultural land for both road and exportable cash crops.
The city is a confluence of cultures, populated by Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Nupe, Baruba, other Nigerians and foreign nationals. There are very significant Christian and Islamic populations. Many ceremonial activities, mostly with religious aspects, take place in the city throughout the year.
About ZOSLU Ilorin
In 2015, Better Place International in partnership the city administration local health community and the University of Ilorin health science and our international partners, AECOM designed and will build, manage, and train healthcare professionals. In collaboration with The University of Ilorin Health science, USA and Canadian Universities, and Samsung, BPI will lead the effort to overcome current healthcare delivery obstacles in a simplified, yet sophisticated integration of processes. Together these will form regional networks of skill and capabilities that thrust Africa’s healthcare delivery into the forefront of advanced medical futures and the local economy forward to meet growing demands.
This centralized healthcare facility will incorporates healing as well as learning, ideas developed from a combination of working in a region that has seen little change and inspiration from James Cameron’s idyllic movie, Avatar. From this movie came the inspiration for the facility name, the Zoslu, which comes from the constructed language of Na’vi that was meticulously created by Dr. Paul Frommer, literally meaning “to get fixed, heal and become well." This is not just a fantasy, but a very real and much needed service that will be provided by BPI’s unique facility, the Zoslu to its local community.
Service a population of 3 Million population Zoslu Ilorin and Kwara state will be the first ultra modern, value based healthcare facility in Nigeria. With 16 Intervention Care ( operating rooms) modern Emergency Care and state of the art Critical Care services Zoslu Ilorin will leapfrog healthcare delivery and become the point of reference for Personalized medicine with Value Based Operation management, Advanced mobile and cloud technologies and a delightful design all focus is made of patient and staff centricity.
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