By Gabriel Olawale, Charlyne Ikpe & Busola Likolo
NIGERIANS spend over $700 million every year on medical treatment overseas as a result of inadequate healthcare services in the country.
President, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele who disclosed this in Lagos last week said the nation is losing so much money to overseas treatment while a country like India earns over $260 million in medical tourism every year.
Speaking during the annual general meeting and conference of the Lagos State Medical Guild, tagged: Medical Tourism: economic implication for Nigeria, Enabulele posited that it is saddening that over 5,000 Nigerians visit India and other countries every month for medical treatment with many ending up with various risks and challenges including misdiagnosis, legal and ethical issues, exposure to infectious diseases, as well as post-surgical complications.
He decried lack of political commitment, high level corruption and mismanagement of collective wealth, such that political leaders paradoxically seem not to have confidence in the healthcare facilities in the country.