Professionals Set To Brainstorm On Reversing Nigeria's Medical Tourism

Professionals Set To Brainstorm On Reversing Nigeria's Medical Tourism

Health professionals and specialists in various medical fields are set to brainstorm in a conference on curbing Nigeria’s high Medical tourism, one of vexatious issues in Nigeria’s health sector.

In a statement made available to newsmen,  a neurosurgeon and advocate  for reversing medical tourism in Nigeria, Dr Biodun Ogungbo,  said the  theme of the conference coming up at the Covenant University in Ota,  Ogun State, at the end of July, 2016, is “Reversing Medical Tourism:  strengthening local capabilities, and encouraging foreign collaborations”.

Quoting the  World Bank, he said “over $1bn is being spent by Nigerians on medical tourism abroad annually adding that if the country had been building sustainable programmes in health, it would have been ‘there’ by now”.

Using Thailand as an example, where government and private individuals stepped up and donated equipment, theatres and even built whole hospitals for community, Ogungbo said “this is in contrast to the Nigerian government officials who pay lip service to the reversal of medical tourism but are on the first flight out when they fall ill”.

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