After a successful UN World Day for the commemoration of survivors, Her Excellency Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, on Sunday, November 19, 2023, toured with the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the First Lady of Angola to inspect the ongoing construction site of a six hundred bed military hospital and the ongoing American International University in Sierra Leone.

The construction of a 600-bed hospital by Sierra Leone’s first lady, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, is a significant development that has the potential to improve the country’s healthcare system and address the existing shortage of medical facilities. The hospital, which is being built at the 34 military barracks in the capital city of Freetown, is expected to provide high-quality medical care to the people of Sierra Leone and help reduce the country’s high maternal and infant mortality rates.

On the other hand, the construction of the American International University in Sierra Leone is a significant development project initiated by the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio. This ambitious project aims to provide quality higher education opportunities to the people of Sierra Leone and contribute to the overall development of the country’s educational infrastructure since her husband’s flagship remains human capital development.

The university aims to produce qualified personnel in the medical field to provide better and more quality service delivery.

The inspection of these facilities by Her Excellency Dr. Tinubu, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Her Excellency Dr. Lourenço from Angola was significant as it showcased the collaboration and support between Nigeria, Angola, and Sierra Leone in addressing healthcare and education needs, particularly in the area of military healthcare infrastructure.

Furthermore, the presence of the two first ladies at the construction site underscores the role of diplomatic relations and partnerships between nations in fostering mutual development and progress. Their visit serves as a symbol of goodwill and collaboration between Nigeria, Angola, and Sierra Leone, emphasising their shared commitment to improving healthcare services for their citizens.

This bold step clearly indicates that the office of the First Lady goes way beyond mere cooking for the presidency but also serves as a support weapon.

Upon inspection, both First Ladies were overwhelmed by this bold step taken by Her Excellency, Madam Fatima Maada Bio, in improving the health care systems and pledged their commitment to further collaboration.


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