The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says Nigerian political office holders should emulate Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo by seeking medical attention in the country.
According to NAN, Uche Ojinmah, the association’s national president, said this in a ‘Get-Well Wish’ message on Monday in Abuja.
Mr Osinbajo had made a choice to undergo surgery over a “recurrent pain in his leg” on Saturday in a Nigerian hospital.
Laolu Akande, spokesman to the vice-president said the successful surgery took place at the Duchess International Hospital in Lagos and added that Mr Osinbajo was to be discharged in “a few days”.
The NMA president commended Osinbajo for demonstrating confidence in Nigerian doctors and the healthcare system.
He added that it is time to fix the nation’s “fragile health care system” to the benefit of the common man and the economy.
He said the NMA is certain that the vice-president was impressed with the service he got.
“We wish to thank God for seeing our Vice President through surgery. All Nigerian doctors are praying for his quick and complete recovery,” he said.
Many Nigerians travel abroad to seek medical treatment owing to the lack of adequate medical infrastructure in the country.
As a result of this, there have been calls to curb medical tourism, especially among politicians, and a need to improve access to quality health care in the country.
In 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has embarked on numerous medical trips to the United Kingdom, said the trend is not beneficial to the country.
“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again,” Buhari had said.
A few days ago, the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello said the soon-to-be-inaugurated Okene Reference Hospital would end medical tourism by political office holders in Nigeria.
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