Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Invest in Health to Stop Medical Tourism, FG Tells States

Ilorin — The Federal Government yesterday challenged state governments in the country to emulate the health policy of the Kwara State government by investing in health sector to save the country from huge amount of money and capital flights going abroad for medical tourism.

Vice President Namadi Sambo who gave the challenge while commissioning the 1.5bn Kwara Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre in Ilorin, said the Federal Government would give state governments willing to invest in health sector a pat in the back.

He observed that availability of modern health facilities in the country would go a long way in attaining government's transformation agenda in the health sector, saying "one of the most valuable things in this world is good health."

He said priority would be given to maternal and child mortality rates, among others, urging Nigerians to patronise the centre.

Sambo said "I was reliably informed that the facilities at the centre is one of the best in Africa and the imagery is at par with those found in Europe."

The Vice President, however, challenged the state government to invite Nigeria's medical experts playing leading roles in Europe to be part of the operation and management of the centre to match manpower with the quality of equipment at the centre.

Governor Abdulfah Ahmed said "the centre is a product of a long and persistent quest to provide quality health care services for the people of the state".

Ahmed said the centre which has one of the most modern health facilities in Nigeria would be run through public private partnership "as a deliberate policy of the government to locate its management outside public service".

The governor described it as a revenue yielding initiative for government apart from providing qualitative health care for the people.

The diagnostic centre is expected to teach over 300 kinds of illness.

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