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Lai Mohammed pleads with Nigerians to stop going abroad for medical treatment

By Job Osazuwa, Lagos

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said today that it is no longer necessary for anyone to travel abroad for treatment.

He said this after a tour of the Duchess International Hospital in the Ikeja neighborhood of Lagos.

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He said he is delighted that the hospital is one of the projects that the federal government has supported to succeed. He explained that even when the project is driven by the private sector, the government has either provided an enabling environment or, in some cases, supported it with funding.

He described the 100-bed facility as purpose-built, state-of-the-art, which aims to provide 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. the world.

He said patients are already coming from other countries, stressing that it is a one-stop-shop for comprehensive medical treatments.

“The Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industry (BOI), has provided financial support to Duchess International Hospital. Recall that in the wake of COVID-19, the CBN established the N100 billion Health Sector Response Fund, now expanded to N200 billion, to provide credit support for the health sector. health through long-term, low-cost funding,” the minister said. .

According to him, with this, Nigeria can conserve its foreign exchange reserves, earn foreign exchange, create jobs, reverse the brain drain, become a destination for medical tourists and also ensure affordable and standard healthcare for Nigerians.

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“According to available records, Nigerians spend between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion on medical tourism. This is a huge drain on our foreign exchange reserves. Moreover, in order to retain doctors, our healthcare facilities must be equipped to the world standard level and doctors and other healthcare workers must be properly remunerated.

“With what we have seen here today and the program that has just been launched, Nigerians can now have access to affordable, world-class treatment in whatever ails them in many fields including medicine emergency, women’s health, pediatric care, cardiovascular medicine, kidney dialysis, dental care, eye care, etc.

The Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey said the vision and mission of the hospital is to provide accessible, affordable and comprehensive healthcare to Nigerians regardless of their status.

He corroborated the minister’s position that Nigerians now have no reason to travel outside the country for medical treatment. Given the hospital’s modern facilities and expertise, he said patients would always feel at home for hours or days of admission.

The facilities visited were the heart center, eye care, learning and development center, ENT, surgery and gynecology department, automated laboratory, intensive and critical care unit, endoscopy, women and children’s department, dialysis center, dental unit, pharmacy, children’s play area, surgical theater (modular and automated), radiology department, emergency room and Duchess cafe.

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