Baby Hannatu Foundation (BHF) is an #NGO named after the first #IVF birth from #Nisa Premier Hospital Abuja, as acclaimed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

A key objective of the foundation is to assist couples with fertility challenges to gain access to affordable IVF treatment.

The Foundation, together with Nisa IVF Centre will offer discounted IVF treatment for needy couples.


For further enquiries please contact us on:

GSM Numbers : +234 9096995274, +234 9096995275, +234 9096995277, +234 9096995278, and +234 8174210096


Excellent Medical Service Delivery in the FCT

The PMB Infrastructure Revolution via Effective PPPs – The Garki Hospital PPP and Excellent Medical Service Delivery in the FCT Example.

Yesterday my colleagues and I in compliance with section 20(a) of the ICRC Act (which requires us to take custody and ensure effective execution of all concession agreements) paid a compliance monitoring visit to Garki Hospital. The Federal Government through the FCTA concessioned Garki Hospital to NISA Premier Hospital after a Transparent PPP Procurement Process in May 2007. The key PPP output requirement of the concession agreement is for the concessionaire to rehabilitate the then moribund facility and manage it for the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary Medicare in a efficient, affordable and commercially viable manner.

We were impressed with what we saw and this convinces us the more to fight for PPPs if need be, as  PPP procurement should, will  and must play a key role in addressing our nation’s infrastructure deficit. While others are on holidays Garki is fully open and delivering life saving services.

In the past 10 years of the concession, The Garki Hospital PPP has broken new grounds  in health care delivery in the FCT and Nigeria at large. They have introduced a fully equipped and functional neurosurgery department, sickle cell clinic, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic and also high-end surgeries like kidney transplants and open heart surgeries. On June 23, 2015, the IVF clinic recorded the first birth of twin children (maybe a National or African first – we will check the records). Their kidney transplants and open heart surgery teams have also successfully conducted 25 kidney transplant surgeries and 43 open heart surgeries.  We were informed  that some of these patients came from the United Kingdom and Ghana. On kidney transplants they are able to do up to 3 in one day.

In the area of medical training, Garki Hospital PPP has also broken new grounds in training and re-training of medical personnel and medical students. Garki has become a resource centre/reference point for medical students/personnel from the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States of America and Ghana. Garki Hospital PPP without access to government funding and foreign grants, has trained over 40 postgraduate medical doctors in the two stages of their residency program in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Family Medicine and Paediatrics. Twenty-six (26) House officers have also been trained across many departments, while twelve (12)pharmacy interns and over one hundred and eighty two (182) students have undergone training through their students industrial work experience scheme program in our Radiology, Pharmacy, Laboratory and Medical Records departments.

The above result demonstrates the transformational power and benefits of well structured PPPs.

During our visit we saw world class equipments and staff. The Hospital has gone fully digital and paperless including billing. Some patients complained about the NHIS drug list, we intend to take this up with the NHIS. Garki Hospital PPP provides free healthcare for poor patients through her Pro Poor Healthcare Safety Net as required by the concessionaire agreement.

Going forward, the concessionaires are willing to invest Naira I billion annually over the next 10 years to develop and provide the following facilities.

1. Develop a PPP driven health care system in the FCT by providing primary health care services at proposed primary health care centres and feeder clinics in the FCT.

2. Upgrade the Hospital environment to world class standard

3. Expand the Wards and operating theatres.

4. Provide a world class cancer treatment centre

5. Provide a world class telemedicine, diagnostic and imaging centre via a dedicated digital telemedicine network connecting with medical experts abroad and servicing all district hospitals in Abuja as needed.

This we fully support and will follow up with the concessionaire grantor the FCT Minister to ensure we maximize and optimize the benefits of the Garki Medical PPP. We also plan to conduct a world class PPP case study to understand why Garki Medical PPP is so successful and how we can replicate it across Nigeria. Its not common around the world to see successfully medical PPPs based on a user fee/pay model. So what Garki has accomplished has broken new grounds. Furthermore, the concessionaire has also meet all her financial obligations to FCTA the concessionaire grantor.

We in the ICRC want to commend the FCT Minister, FCT Perm Sec, FCDA Executive Secretary, FCT Secretary Health and Human Services Department, Nisa Premier (Dr. Wada, Dr Essien Dr Onu and all medical personnel at Garki Hospital) for the wonderful achievements. We commit to work with you to make the Garki Hospital more successful, while ensuring that we replicate and have more medical PPPs in line with HE PMBs vision to restore out healthcare sector to its previous world leading status. Pictures of our visit are attached.

We must do more PPPs across all sectors in 2018 to address our nation’s infrastructure deficit. The Garki Hospital PPP success in a difficult PPP sector (social infrastructure) is evidence of the way forward with respect to infrastructure provisioning.

Garki Hospital and Nisa well done well done and well done.

Engr. Chidi Izuwah Snr – Ag DG/CEO Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission


Get the facts about diabetes and learn how you can stop diabetes myths and misconceptions.

Myth: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.

Fact: Being overweight is a risk factor for developing this disease, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role. Unfortunately, too many people disregard the other risk factors for diabetes and think that weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.

Fact: The answer is not so simple.Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.

Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that people should avoid intake of sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages include beverages like:

  • Regular soda
  • Fruit punch
  • Fruit drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Sweet tea
  • Other sugary drinks

These will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!

See for yourself:

  • Just one 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. This is the same amount of carbohydrate in 10 teaspoons of sugar!
  • One cup of fruit punch and other sugary fruit drinks have about 100 calories (or more) and 30 grams of carbohydrate.

Myth: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Fact: Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. The good news is that good diabetes control can reduce your risks for diabetes complications.

Myth: People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods.

Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy eating for anyone – low in saturated and trans fat, moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit. “Diabetic” foods generally offer no special benefit. Most of them still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

Myth: If you have diabetes, you should only eat small amounts of starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta.

Fact: Starchy foods can be part of a healthy meal plan, but portion size is key. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. In addition to these starchy foods, fruits, beans, milk, yogurt, and sweets are also sources of carbohydrate that count in your meal plan.

Wondering how much carbohydrate you can have? The amount of carbohydrate you need will vary based on many factors. You and your health care team can figure out the right amount for you. Once you know how much carb to eat at a meal, choose your food and the portion size to match.

Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.

Fact: If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes than they are to people without diabetes. The key to sweets is to have a very small portion and save them for special occasions so you focus your meal on more healthful foods.

Myth: You can catch diabetes from someone else.

Fact: No. Although we don’t know exactly why some people develop diabetes, we know diabetes is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link in diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle factors also play a part.

Myth: People with diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses.

Fact: You are no more likely to get a cold or another illness if you have diabetes. However, people with diabetes are advised to get flu shots. This is because any illness can make diabetes more difficult to control, and people with diabetes who do get the flu are more likely than others to go on to develop serious complications.

MythIf you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor says you need to start using insulin, it means you’re failing to take care of your diabetes properly.

Fact: For most people, type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. When first diagnosed, many people with type 2 diabetes can keep their blood glucose at a healthy level with oral medications. But over time, the body gradually produces less and less of its own insulin, and eventually oral medications may not be enough to keep blood glucose levels normal. Using insulin to get blood glucose levels to a healthy level is a good thing, not a bad one.

Myth: Fruit is a healthy food. Therefore, it is ok to eat as much of it as you wish.

Fact: Fruit is a healthy food. It contains fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. Because fruits contain carbohydrates, they do raise blood glucose (also called blood sugar) and need to be included in your meal plan. Talk to your dietitian about the amount, frequency and types of fruits you should eat.

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