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The President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has disclosed that Nigerians spend over N120 billion annually on medical tourism while about 5,000 patients travel to India monthly for treatment, describing the trend as ugly and unacceptable. Speaking at a press conference in Sokoto yesterday, Enabulele expressed concern at the increasing number of Nigerians seeking medical treatment abroad, which according to him, drains the nation of huge foreign exchange. He noted that most of the ailments could be handled by competent medical personnel in the country rather than spend huge amount of money for treatment abroad. According to him, the NMA had been encouraging political and public office holders to patronise public hospitals in Abuja and other parts of the country rather than going overseas for minor ailments that could be handled locally. "We have been encouraging our public and political office holders to patronise Nigerian hospitals. We want our president, governors, local government chairmen to patronise our hospitals and primary health centres rather than going abroad for minor ailments. "In fact, things have gone so bad in the country that some Nigerians travel abroad in order to conduct medical check-up on simple things like blood pressure," he said. He commended Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, for patronising local hospitals instead of going abroad for treatment when he had accident last year. The NMA president stressed that Nigeria has the resources and manpower to tackle most ailments ravaging Nigerians and called on the government to improve the health sector. Enabulele said to this end, the NMA had been canvassing for laws to address issues of medical tourism in the country. He also canvassed for the establishment of a medical board that would screen public and political office holders to ascertain their eligibility for assess to medical treatment abroad, especially when it has to do with public funds.

"In fact,

things have

gone so bad

in the country

that some

Nigerians

travel abroad

in order to

conduct

medical

check-up on

simple things

like blood

pressure,"

Osahon Enabulele,
 02 September, 2013
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Enabulele:

Nigerians Spend

over N120bn

Annually on Medical

Tourism