Companies team up to avoid medical tourism from Nigeria

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Lagos-based international healthcare and hospitality brands, Duchess International Hospital and the Lagos Marriot Hotel, have teamed up to combat medical tourism, creating the first-ever comprehensive three-day medical screening and disease prevention services in Nigeria.

Known as the Duchess Royal Medical Check-Up, it is a health check-up program for senior executives aimed at promoting affordable access to healthcare and preventing the onset of chronic disease.

Speaking at the launch of the program in Lagos, CEO of Duchess International Hospital, Dr Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey said, “Nigerians travel all over the world to countries like Germany, the United States and the major cities like Dubai looking for comprehensive health screening, disease prevention services and treatment for a variety of long-term (chronic) illnesses, which we now offer exclusively at Duchess International Hospital.

“The hospital’s mission is to reverse medical tourism by providing the highest standards of care, using the most advanced technology and treatments to give our customers the fastest and most convenient access to the best medical expertise available anywhere in the world.”

Shitta-Bey noted that the Duchess Royal’s check-up program includes a three-day full-body American/European-style medical assessment and a comprehensive clinical assessment focused on early detection of illness and prevention of health problems at long term in both men and women. women.

“It uses the most advanced testing technology and specialized medical expertise to deliver the best clinical results on behalf of our clients based on their lifestyle, age and complete medical history,” he said. added.

He further explained that the Royal Medical Check-up screening program is very affordable with the basic programs starting at N50,000, while the cost of high-end screening is based on particular medical needs and budget. .

“It’s a wellness and lifestyle screening, people don’t have to be sick before they come in for screening,” he said.

The Duchess Royal Medical Check Up, which is delivered in conjunction with the Lagos Marriott Hotel, is carefully designed to meet the needs and circumstances of busy individuals and executives residing in metropolitan cities across Nigeria and West Africa. , Managing Director, Mac-Folly Hospitality Limited, owners of Lagos Marriot Hotel, Mr Chike Ogeah, said.

“It offers a high level of service comparable to the standards seen in tourist destinations such as Dubai, Europe and the United States, and offers the significant economic benefit of retaining much-needed foreign currency. Providence has brought the two brands together as they are located within meters of each other on Joel Ogunnaike, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, hence the synergy to bring Nigerians the best of services from both organizations,” he added.

For his part, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who was the special guest at the launch, said Nigerians spend an average of $1 billion a year on medical tourism for a range health care needs, adding that with the facilities at Duchess International Hospital, Nigerians do not need to waste foreign currency to go abroad for diagnosis or treatment as the hospital is well equipped and staffed with medical experts in different fields to respond to any health issues they encounter.

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