Nigeria Ready To Become Destination For Medical Tourism – Minister Of Information

Nigeria Ready To Become Destination For Medical Tourism – Minister Of Information

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has said that with the establishment of world-class healthcare facilities in Nigeria, the country is set to become a destination for medical tourism, in addition to reversing the brain drain in the health sector. PM NEWS reports.

The Minister spoke after a media tour of Duchess International Hospital in Lagos on Tuesday.

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In his words: “Today, we are here at the Duchess International Hospital. During the guided tour, I am sure you all saw that this is indeed a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, 100-bed hospital, which is aimed at delivering the highest standard of healthcare, using the most advanced technology and treatments to provide Nigerians with the best medical expertise available anywhere in the world,” he said. Information Guide Nigeria

Alhaji Mohammed said that according to available records, Nigerians spend between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion on medical tourism annually, a development he described as a huge drain on the country’s foreign reserves.

He expressed delight that many of the doctors at Duchess International Hospital, a subsidiary of Reddington Hospital, are Nigerians who had trained and worked abroad, but who have now decided to return home because of the availability of healthcare facilities with standard equipment and a good work environment. jamb results

The Minister said the Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry, provided financial support for Duchess International Hospital, as part of its intervention in the health sector.

”This is not new. Recall that in the wake of Covid-19, the CBN set up the N100 billion Healthcare Sector Intervention Fund, now expanded to N200 billion, to provide credit support for the healthcare sector through long-term, low-cost financing,” he said.

He listed other interventions by the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), including a total of $22.5 million which was spent on establishing two diagnostic centres in Kano and Umuahia ($5.5 million each) and the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre in Lagos ($11.5 million).

“The essence of these financial interventions and projects in the critical healthcare sector is to fast-track the evolvement of world-class healthcare facilities like the Duchess International Hospital.

With that, we can conserve our foreign reserves, earn foreign exchange for the country, create jobs, reverse brain drain, become a destination for medical tourists and also ensure affordable and standard healthcare for Nigerians,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed commended the management of the hospital for making their world-class services affordable and accessible to ordinary Nigerians, particularly with the launching of the ‘World Class Affordable Healthcare Programme that coincided with the visit of the Minister and the over 30 journalists who accompanied him on the tour.

“With what we have seen here today and the programme that has just been launched, Nigerians can now get access to affordable and world-class treatment in whatever is ailing them in many areas, including emergency medicine, women’s health, paediatric care, cardiovascular medicine, kidney dialysis, dental treatment, eye care, etc,” he said.

The Minister said the visit to the hospital was in continuation of the media tour of the development projects of the Buhari Administration, disclosing that in the past 40 days, he had taken the media on a tour of the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Project as well as the Dangote Fertilizer Company in Lagos; the Lekki Deep Seaport and the Duchess Hospital, in addition to the tour of road, rail, bridge and other projects across the country.

”The essence of these tours is to showcase what this Administration has achieved in the various sectors. Even where the project is private-sector driven, the Federal Government has either provided the enabling environment or, in some cases, supported such projects with funding,” he said.

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