Research by the federal ministry of Health has revealed that Public
officials travelling abroad for medical care in 2014 spent over
$1billion of taxpayers’ funds.
The revelation came in a meeting of stakeholders in the ministry to
strengthen efforts to implement the National Health Act, recently.
Available estimates show that up to 40 medical trips to India alone
were embarked on mostly by public officials at government expense.
“The issue of medical tourism in Nigeria is a great challenge going by
what is going on right now. It is not what we want”, said Dr Francis
Ukwuije, health economist at the ministry and head, Healthcare
Financing and Equity aspect of the Act’s core secretariat.
“Nigerians are often not satisfied with the quality of care they
receive at home due to the quality of personnel, available equipment
at health facilities and quality of drug they get. This creates higher
fidelity on drugs they get out there even when it is more expensive”.
Dr King Darrah Mbom stated
Ibom Specialist Hospital is a One Stop medical centre in Sub Saharan
Africa, with medical experts from India and other parts of the world
from different fields of medicine such as surgery, gynecology and
other areas, facilities at the hospital amongst others include a 640
slide CT scan, two CAT Labs for interventional cardiology and three
Modular Theatres that would ensure that open surgery, penal transplant
and other major surgical operations are carried out.
With the commencement of Operations at the state of the art medical
center Ibom Specialist hospital, Nigerians will no longer need to
travel to India for medical treatment.