Duchess Hospital: How Nigeria can save N500bn from medical tourism — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has mentioned Nigerians spend between USD1.2…

The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has mentioned Nigerians spend between USD1.2 and USD1.6 billion on medical tourism yearly, and the institution of Duchess Worldwide Hospital in Lagos will drastically cut back this large drain on the nation’s overseas reserves.

Alhaji Mohammed, who spoke after a media tour of services on the Duchess Worldwide Hospital in Lagos, acknowledged that the current Federal Authorities’s monetary interventions and tasks within the crucial healthcare sector have been aimed toward fast-tracking the evolution of world-class healthcare services just like the Duchess Worldwide Hospital in Nigeria.

In accordance with him, no Nigerian, regardless of standing, has any have to go overseas for medical remedy, including that there was a necessity for Nigerian docs overseas to come back house and render companies within the newly established hospitals within the nation.

He mentioned with extra world-class healthcare services like Duchess Hospital approaching stream, Nigeria is about to grow to be a vacation spot for medical vacationers, as a substitute of getting our residents journey yearly and spending over N500 billion for medical tourism.

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Mohammed declared: “We as a rustic will even preserve our overseas reserves whereas incomes overseas trade. We are going to start to reverse the mind drain within the well being sector, create jobs and supply inexpensive and customary healthcare for our individuals. It’s a brand new daybreak for the well being sector and we’re happy with what the Duchess and different healthcare services are doing in bringing about this new daybreak.

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“Accessible data present that Nigerians spend between USD1.2 and USD1.6 billion on medical tourism. That’s an enormous drain on our overseas reserves. Additionally, to retain docs, our healthcare services should be geared up to the world customary stage and docs and different healthcare employees should be adequately remunerated. In fact, services like Duchess Worldwide are veritable instruments for job creation, along with attracting medical vacationers from internationally.

“I’m certain the questions on the lips of many right here could be how inexpensive this hospital is, particularly for odd Nigerians. Fittingly, the administration of Duchess Hospital has answered that query by launching the ‘World Class Reasonably priced Healthcare Programme’.

“With what now we have seen right here immediately and the programme that has simply been launched, Nigerians can now get entry to inexpensive and world-class remedy for no matter is ailing them in lots of areas, together with emergency drugs, girls’s well being, paediatric care, cardiovascular drugs, kidney dialysis, dental remedy, eye care, and so forth.”

Launching the hospital’s new programme, ‘World Class Reasonably priced Healthcare Programme’, the chief government officer, Duchess Worldwide Hospital, Dr Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey, introduced that with solely N5,000, a affected person is registered within the hospital whereas it takes one other N5,000 to see any marketing consultant within the hospital.

He mentioned the mission of the purpose-built, state-of-the-art, 100-bed hospital is to reverse medical tourism and to supply sufferers with the quickest and most handy entry to high quality world-class healthcare and the perfect medical experience out there anyplace on the planet.

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