Nigeria Loses $1bn Annually to Medical Tourism… Plug the Holes Now

President Buhari is back. While many are thanking God for yet another miracle in the life of the President, many more think it cannot all be an act of God… Man played a part to make sure the President is back, healthy and strong. They are simply asking that he should replicate all he ‘enjoyed’ in the UK, so that every Nigerian too can ‘enjoy’ and be saved ‘miraculously too’. With his return, Nigerians hope Pres. Buhari would begin to make Nigeria a hub of Medical Tourism.

One of such persons bothered by these loses is Mrs Clare, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria’s Chief.

President, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria, HFN, Mrs. Clare Omatseye, yesterday disclosed that a total of one billion dollars is lost annually to medical tourism in Nigeria even as she lamented inadequate investment in the nation’s healthcare system.

She was speaking at the 5th edition of ‘The August Event’ by the Moses Adekoyejo Majedunmi Foundation, MAMF, with the theme: “Health; A National Challenge: Restructuring and Driving Sustainable Growth”, in Lagos, Omatseye who traced the failure of the health system on medical tourism embarked upon by most prominent Nigerians said the country has suffered from severe brain drain along with patient drains.

Her words:

“In the last couple of decades, due to lack of investment in health care in our country, we have had a brain drain, where we have lost a lot of our good doctors. Currently, we are suffering from patients’ drain, where there is a lack of confidence in the sector, and people are now leaving for medical tourism, where we lose over one billion dollars annually.

“There are about 37, 000 Nigerian doctors in diaspora, with about 30, 000 Nigerian doctors in the United States, and over 5, 000 in the United Kingdom. We have almost equal number of doctors abroad that we have in country,” she lamented,” she said.

“…we need to create enabling environment, the two policies recently passed by the National Council for Health in Abakaliki, which include the incentivising health care investment policy and the new public private partnership policy will make it easier to do business in Nigeria. It will make it easier for the private sectors partner with the public sector protecting their interest and give Nigerians access to quality health care.

Source: Vanguard News

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