Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state says the Okene Reference Hospital which is about to be inaugurated will end medical tourism in the state and Nigeria at large.
A statement issued in Lokoja by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Onogwu Muhammed, said the governor made the remark after inspecting the 300-bed space hospital in Okene on Tuesday.
The governor said the hospital is equipped with world-class facilities, like its counterparts across the globe.
“The ultra-modern hospital is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and several first-of-its-kind medical equipment that can render the same services as other renowned hospitals across the world, where many Nigerians run to for medical care.
“What inspired the conception of such befitting, gigantic and well-equipped medical facility is the understudy of expenses Nigerians make on seeking medical attention outside the shores of Nigeria as a result of various medical conditions.
“Aside the fact that the hospital will stop medical tourism, it will also help save the country millions of dollars spent abroad on medical bills.
“I am satisfied with the level and quality of work done in all the projects I have inspected,” he stated.
Mr Bello also stated that Kogi State Government planned to help the hospital stand on its feet when it eventually commenced operations, adding it was already working out an all-encompassing model.
He said the model would be used to run the medical facilities, alongside other ultra-modern hospitals in a bid to guarantee their self- sustenance, while they remained affordable for the people of the state.
The chief press secretary also added the medical experts said the hospital could attend to any form of medical challenges during the tour of the facilities.
The medical experts also stated that the oxygen plant installed in the hospital could provide oxygen for other hospitals across the country.
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