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Nigerians are fathers of medical tourism - Buhari

There is no doubt that this loss of confidence in our hospitals is the father of medical tourism.

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President Muhammed Buhari

President Muhammed Buhari has described Nigerians as fathers of medical tourism. 

He said that Nigerians have lost confidence in the health service delivery in Nigeria. 

The president made this known at the second National Health Summit of the Nigerian Mediacal Association (NMA). 

Buhari who is presently on a two-weeks 'private visit' in the UK said this is the true cause why Nigerians are seeking medical care in Europe and in other countries.

He said, “If we must be honest to ourselves, we must admit that even more than lack of equipment and medical technical expertise, poor housekeeping and sanitation and often poor and disrespectful attitude of health workers and also a perceived lack of confidentiality are damaging the image and reputation of the health system and also the public confidence in it.

“There is no doubt that this loss of confidence in our hospitals is the father of medical tourism.” 

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The president who was represented by the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said Nigeria is losing billions of Naira on medical tourism every year. 

This is coming even as most Nigerians are begining to lament of the presient's numarous medical travels in the UK where it is believed that he goes to meet with his doctors.

Experts estimate that the African continent loses about a billion collars annually to medical tourism as African presidents and heads of states travel abroad every year for medical treatement. 

In Nigeria, it is known as a fact that the Nigerian legislative houses both in the states and in the federal tiers have medical budgets for members parliaments for medical leave abroad. 

This monies, if channelled into the country's medical service delivery would have helped to turn medical service delivery around in the country. 

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