On May 22nd 1999, Nigeria’s last military head of state commissioned an ultra modern medical edifice named the National Hospital for Women and Children (NHWC),strategically located between the exit and in-route expressways of the central Business district of Abuja.Built through a trust fund of the family support programme (FSP), a project of the erstwhile First Lady Hajiya Dr.Maryam Abacha.The Hospital was to ‘serve with empathy for the sick and devotion to duty’. The NHWC boasted as their strength; ‘the use of state of the art technology in a clean, conducive and patient-friendly environment using highly skilled and motivated staff who see to their employment as a vocation more than a bread basket.
The establishment of this hospital put paid to the dreams of the Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Nigeria (SOGON) which at a courtesy call during their 1981 Scientific Conference in Abuja,prayed the then President Shehu Shagari GCFR to establish a center of excellence as one of the measures to mitigate the unacceptably high maternal and child mortality statistics in Nigeria. As it was in 1981, most unfortunately so it still is,even in 2010.NHWC became finally established as a corporate entity by the decree no. 36 of 1999 (now act of the National Assembly).The hospital gate opened to patients on September 1st 1999.
Manpower was recruited from home and abroad.