The Nigerian government has been urged to ban medical tourism in the country. Fellows of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria has appealed to the federal government of Nigeria to impose an immediate ban on all medical tourism abroad at the expense of the government.
In a statement to journalists at the Labour Ward Conference Hall of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, as part of the preparations to commemorate the 2016 annual scientific conference and All Fellows’ Congress in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, , Professor Ayodele Arowojolu ,the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee appealed to government to harmonize the country’s health sector by improving on facilities for research and training, and standard medical centres, in all the six geo-political zones of the country including Abuja.
He said no one should be allowed to use money from the government to seek medical treatment abroad. Professor Ayodele asked the government not to sponsor anyone to seek treatment abroad unless the treatment cannot be offered in the country. He added that Nigeria has the capacity in terms of facilities and skills to offer all forms of treatments that many people go to seek abroad.
He said: “Nobody should henceforth use government money to go and get medical treatment abroad. That is the first step to stop medical tourism. Government should not sponsor anybody to go and get treatment abroad unless, of course, that treatment is what we cannot offer. But I will tell you, there is no form of treatment that they have abroad that we don’t have in Nigeria. The only difference is that they are not well harnessed here and the facilities are not well organized.” Many people are seeking treatment in foreign countries like India for diseases like cancer