7 November 2012

Nigeria: Country Loses N80 Billion Yearly On Medical Tourism

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Nigerian citizens protest for health facilities.

The Senate has revealed that Nigerians, especially government officials and their powerful cronies annually spend over N80billion on foreign medical treatment.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP, Delta) made the revelation in Abuja yesterday during a budget defence of the Ministry of Health and its agencies.

He said it was time the Federal Governments stopped paying lip service to the health sector. The Minister of State for Health, Mohammed Ali Pate, who said most Nigerians seeking medical treatment abroad use private hospitals.

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