This Is How Nigeria Can End Medical Tourism – Expert

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Dr Adebayo Adekunle, the Medical Director of
General Hospital, Suleja, has solicited purposeful
public-private partnerships in the health sector
to check rampant medical tourism tendency
among Nigerians.
He said this when he spoke in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja
on Saturday.
Adekunle said that Nigerians often sought
medical treatment abroad because they felt
there were no required medical facilities in the
country for the desired specialised treatment in
the health system.
Insisting that cases of medical tourism were on
the increase, he pleaded with the wealthy
Nigerians to assist in promoting good medical
services by donating generously to hospitals
across the country.
"Health service is not supposed to be the sole
responsibility of the government. Concerned
Nigerians should contribute to the health sector
by sponsoring research, donating buildings or
medical equipment.
"General Hospital, Suleja is a 145-bed secondary
health institution but it ought to be more than
that by its conception and design.
"It has basic health facilities such as Surgery,
Ante Natal, Out Patient Department, Emergency
ward and Paediatrics, among others.
"When I came on board you can say this is not
a hospital because of its dilapidated and
decaying structures; the environment is not well
kept, in term of beds, wards and equipment.
"I ensure that the hospital environment is clean
and I know that people really appreciate this
gesture by being part of the sanitation team that
evacuates dirt in the hospital's premises to give
it a befitting look," he said.
Adekunle said this innovation notwithstanding,
the hospital and other health facilities across the
country needed more infrastructures to
convince Nigerians seeking medical treatment
abroad that they could get it cheaper in the
country.
He said that his hospital was adjudged the best
secondary health institution in the northern part
of the country.
The medical director recalled that in recognition
of this, the Nigerian Alliance for Health System
Strengthening, in collaboration with University of
Maryland, Baltimore County, U.S., recently invited
him to speak on the role of management in
clinical governance.
"I received a letter to talk on the topic to tell the
world how we have been managing clinical
matters and achieving success.
"What General Hospital, Suleja needs is just the
support of the public in terms of advice,
contributions and funds to render world class
medical service to discourage medical tourism,"
he said.(NAN)

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