Managing Director of Alpha Mead Healthcare, Kunle Omidiora, has called for increased private investment and collaboration with the government to end medical tourism and swell the country’s economy at this time. He made this charge during a phone conversation with journalists recently.
His charge was made on the back of a recent report by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, where he stated that Nigeria spends between $1.2 and $1.6billion on medical Tourism yearly.
According to Omidiora:“We have witnessed a massive uptick in private investment in our medical sector over the years, which is commendable and in line with the needs of our society. Still, we do not have near enough of these facilities to serve the entire population; with the affluent choosing to travel overseas for healthcare while their services are out of reach for the ordinary man. What is required is a fine blend of private investment and public-private partnerships to not only spread the accessibility of quality healthcare to the grassroots but to also increase the confidence of the affluent in our medical sector.”
Commenting on how Alpha Mead’s contribution to ending medical tourism, Omidiora stated “Our Modular Healthcare Facility takes into cognizance the challenges that we are currently experiencing as a nation—such as the non-availability of round-the-clock electricity, the dearth of qualified medical personnel to meet our population demands and the availability of well-resourced diagnostic centres—and is built to provide quality healthcare to the public in spite of these obstacles. So far, we have received the buy-in of both federal and state governments on the mobile facility and are working on making it available in all local governments nationwide.”
Recall that in 2021, Alpha Mead Healthcare launched its innovative Modular Healthcare Facility (MHF). The MHF is a prefabricated, modularized diagnostic and clinic facility designed to be low cost, mobility enhanced, and equipped with Radiology Information System Picture Archiving Communication System (RISPACS), enterprise Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and telehealth infrastructure for real-time reporting of investigations and remote consultation.
The facility received glowing reviews from the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals to the President, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi for its market innovation.