In an effort to bring the nation’s sports High Performance Centre (HPC) to international standards, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, yesterday commissioned new medical equipment at the Package B area of the Abuja National Stadium.
The state of the art Mobile Digital Xray technology and Mobile Dart Evolution manufactured by the leading company in imaging industry, Shimadzu in Japan, is designed to diagnose injured athletes during events while assessing the extent of injury.
The sports minister, while inspecting the modern equipment revealed that sports has gone scientific hence the need for the equipment, adding that the high performance centre will further expose the athletes and put them in the right frame healthwise in order to attain podium finish athletes in international competitions.
“When I came on board I embarked on inspection of facilities here in National Stadium and I discovered that as a leading nation in Africa, we don’t have a High Performance Center and in contemporary sports, if you don’t have one you can’t have progress. Sports is science and you need the science of sports to make progress,” he said.
Dalung further revealed stated that the previous administration failed to develop the centre despite spending N3 billion.
“We made attempts to revive the contract we had with South Africa which in the past released about N3bn for the development of the High Performance Centre and nothing was done.”
According to him, “This year’s budget included the acquisition of this particular equipment and more are coming up in 2019 budget. We intend to relocate the clinic to the permanent place and equip it. It’s embarrassing that we still use equipment used when we were still young,” he concluded.
On his part, the ministry’s medical director Dr. Paul Onyudo, underscored the importance of the equipment adding that they will be properly utilized and maintained.
“The equipment will be used to diagnose injured athletes during events, accessing the extent of injury which will help in making timely decision in cases of trauma as it also serves as vital support service in delivering day to day practice of sports medicine’’ he said.
“We are not satisfied with what we have but we are happy that we are doing well. Science is important for sports and we have the personnel that is why bought them from a company that has representatives in Nigeria so that the equipment can be properly serviced and maintained when the need arises.” He noted.