By Umar Yusuf
YOLA â€” The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has challenged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency and priority, equip all the centres of excellence established in eight Teaching Hospitals in the country to put a stop to Nigerians seeking medical attention abroad.
The association is deeply concerned that despite the fact that the country has some of the best brains in medicine all over the world, our citizens still troop abroad, even to some African countries in search of medication.
Newly elected national president of the NMA, Dr. Idris Omede told newsmen, weekend, in Yola that a major policy thrust of his regime was to put pressure on government to ensure that the centres of excellence are equipped to world standard within the shortest period.
He expressed worry that lack of necessary materials to work with and frustration had been the bane of doctors in the country, adding that the ugly trend has hindered doctors in diaspora from coming to Nigeria to help in the healthcare delivery system.
The NMA president challenged governments in the country to stop forthwith, top government functionaries from going on medical tourism abroad, saying: â€œIt does not speak well of us as a nation having centres of excellence that are not serving the purpose for which they are established.â€