In July 2020, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State handed over a 160-bed capacity hospital to the Federal University of Lafia, to be used as a teaching hospital. The federal university, which was established in 2010, had since taken off full academic activities in the Faculty of Medicine.
Daily Trust reports that the move to establish the Federal University of Lafia Teaching Hospital was informed by the need to bridge the existing gap between primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare delivery in the state. Following that, a bill sponsored by the former Governor of Nasarawa State and present Senator, representing Nasarawa South senatorial district, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, for a teaching hospital has since been approved by the National Assembly. It is however awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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With the bill, the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital is ceded to the Federal Government to serve as a take-off site for the Federal University Teaching Hospital pending the completion of the edifice at the permanent site.