National Hospital Seeks End To Medical Tourism, Commissions 6-bed Executive Wing

By Prudence Ijah Abuja. 

In a bid to reduce the rising cases of medical tourism and capital flight associated with seeking medical care outside the country by Nigeria’s leaders and public office holders, the National hospital Abuja says it has stepped up its services to cater for the high class in the country. 

The Chairperson of the Governing Board of National hospital Abuja and first female former Speaker of House of Representative, Patricia Etteh, who made this known at the inauguration of the executive wing facility which will cater for the very important personalities (VIP’s) said the hospital is equipped to carry out all medical services that takes Nigerians out of the country. 

Etteh said ” this wing is in addition to the already existing six standard wings aimed at curtailing medical tourism and
brain drain”

She added that 50 per cent of consultants practicing in America, among other countries, are Nigerians, saying that the facility would encourage doctors in the country to attend to the healthcare needs of the populace.

Etteh who described the new executive wing as first class said it can be compared with what is obtainable in Europe and America, among other countries, due to the standard of the facility.

Speaking on the cost of medical care, Etteh said “the amount we are charging here is very low, compared with the air fare not to talk about the exorbitant charges for each consultation for medical care abroad”.

The Chairperson of the Governing Board of National hospital Abuja said the hospital has the best Cancer center in Africa, Invitro  Fertilization (IVF) Department, Paediatric, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, amongst other departments that are functioning adding that they have organized trainings for their staff to ensure efficient health care delivery services.

Earlier, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of National hospital Jafaru Momoh said the facility is meant to attract people and discourage medical tourism abroad as the 

Momoh, who described the wing as centre of excellence, emphasised that it would make provision for those who
wants the best in health Care.

According to him, the upgraded wing can cater for six patients at a time on admission and it is to provide healthcare for people who complain that government hospitals are dirty or filthy.

“What we are doing is to make sure we match the place with excellent clinical services and attitudinal change on the part of staff for improved care and services. This is because we believe that our attitude and clinical skills and training will ensure patients satisfaction”.

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