Medical Tourism : Buhari Departs Abuja To London For Check-Up - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Medical Tourism : Buhari Departs Abuja To London For Check-Up

The Daily Crucible

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday jetted out of Abuja, Nigerian Capital, to London for routine medical check - up.

President Buhari  planned departure to the United Kingdom, was earlier announced on Monday by Femi Adesina, the President's Media Aide, fuelling concern over when the nation's leaders and elites will entrust their health to the care of health facilities and health workers at home.

The Daily Crucible recalls that on March 22, President Buhari while speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during the inauguration of an International Conference Centre and Telemedicine Hall at the Federal Medical Centre(FMC) Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, gave insight into why medical Tourism remains an attractive option.

He attributed the cause to the unfriendly attitude of staff to patients and unhygienic health keeping standards by officers and operators of the nation's healthcare facilities.

He also explained that these hostile attitude of the medical staff and unhygienic state of the treatment environment even in the presence of sophisticated equipment and qualified doctors were responsible for the loss of confidence of Nigerians on the health system and subsequent recourse to medical tourism abroad.

Buhari was represented at that occasion by the Minister for Health. Dr. Osagie Ehanire which also had in attendance, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila,  Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora among others.

The President charged the hospital management in the country to pay more attention to improving welfare-harmony as well as hygienic standards.

He stressed that, the construction of the Telemedicine Hall in FMC was a clear reflection of the Federal government's commitment to support, sustain and improve on the past achievements with development projects spread across the country. 

He said: "We still get often disconcerting report of not too friendly attitude of staff to patients, reports of unhygienic health keeping standards, even in the presence of sophisticated equipments and well qualified doctors, such simple feelings like this, are more frequently responsible for the loss of confidence of end users on our health system than even the lack of equipment. 

"They are the triggers for distrust that leave people to go for medical tourism. we have a lot to do in that regard. 
I want to believe that the managers of our hospital after the laudable infrastructures developments, will now begin to pay attention not only to improving staff harmony - welfare -harmony

"This international Conference Centre and Telemedicine Multi-purpose hall is set to be equipped with modern gadgets to facilitate international meetings which will contribute to improve the knowledge based and skills of caregivers on a continuous basis especially at a time of Covid-19

"I am delighted to join you and officially commission today,  capital projects executed by FMC Abeokuta. Projects which no doubt add value to the scope and quality of service in the hospital and contribute to the improving healthcare to the people of Ogun state in particular and Nigeria in general. 

"The covid-19 pandemic more than anything else, has brought to the fore for the country the need to reform and strengthen the healthcare system to be more resilient and able to respond to the day-to-day health needs of their citizens. 

"Today's event is a clear reflection of the will to strife for better and of the Federal Government's commitment to support, sustain and improve on the past achievements with developments project in all parts of the country that takes us far to the route of modernization. 

"However, this improvement must translate into tangible (things) for our patients through better customer service, patients satisfaction and overall patient experience during the hospital care.  Otherwise, nothing has been gained from this laudable investments if our patients do not see an improvement with all we give them. With all these investments, should we now rest on our oars, there's room for improve and do better."

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