8 December 2012

Nigeria: 'Medical Tourism Killing Health Facilities'

Nigerians who travel abroad to seek treatment are gradually destroying the health sector, the economy and slowly killing development, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Albert Tanimu, has said.

Tanimu from Taraba State, who spoke to journalists at the Primus Hospital, Abuja in his capacity as someone who had earlier accessed care in the hospital emphasized that with such a facility in the country, there was no need for Nigerians to travel abroad.

Tanimu lamented that people send their wards abroad and neglect the facilities in the country thereby gradually killing the economy, destroying the education and health sector, while helping to build the economies of other nations that encourage medical or other tourism.

Tanimu said the Primus International specialist hospital had successfully replaced his hip bone through surgery making it possible for him to walk and make use of his legs again.

He added that his experience at Primus hospital, and the quality care he received there made him recommend to the National Assembly that six replica of the hospital be situated in the six geographical zones of the country to enable Nigerians access care adding that in the North west, they had no hospital of reasonable repute.

Earlier the Chairperson Market Women's Association of Nigeria, Chief Mrs Fatima MuhammaduSani narrating her encounter with the Primus management added that 6000 of her members were treated free of charge by the hospital.

Her words, "all the facilities abroad are found here, there is no need to travel abroad, when you can actually get the same quality care here, this hospital has saved us from Visa, tickets and accommodation wahala".

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