Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) has attributed the spike in medical tourism among Nigerians to failure on the part of political office holders, himself included.
Speaking in Abuja during the “Nigerians4Nigerians”, a fundraising event, the lawmaker said the country’s leaders have allowed the health sector fail with their neglect.
He said this trend, however, would stop with this administration. He stated the federal government’s readiness to tackle the rot in the sector.
Nigerians embark on medical tourism and vacations because there is an outrageously calamitous situation in the health sector in this country. We have a system that is not working.
Were our health facilities in this country in wonderful shape, we would not need to fly anybody overseas for medical treatment.
Nigeria with a population of about 200 million people does not have one single cardiothoracic centre. Today, if there is a heart emergency, the survival rate is zero.
Ghana has a population of 18 million people yet it is about completing its second national cardiothoracic centre.
The most pathetic aspect of it is that we have 34 Nigerian cardiologists currently working in Ghana National Cardio-thoracic Centre. It is a sorry state.
But I want to assure you that the APC government is doing all they can within their powers to correct the situation.
We should give the improvement of health facilities in this country the same drive we are giving the fight against corruption.