NMA to politicians: Be like Osinbajo — stop medical tourism

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on politicians to emulate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by seeking treatment in the country.

According to NAN, Uche Ojinmah, the association’s national chairman, said so in a “Get-Well Wish” message on Monday in Abuja.

TheCable had reported that Osinbajo underwent surgery for “recurrent leg pain” on Saturday.

Laolu Akande, spokesperson for Osinbajo, said the operation took place at the Duchess International Hospital in Lagos.

The operation would have been a success and the vice-president should be released in “a few days”.

Ojinmah praised Osinbajo for trusting Nigerian doctors and the health system.

He added that it is time to fix the country’s “fragile health care system” for the benefit of the common man and the economy.

He said the association is sure that Osinbajo was impressed with the service he got.

“We wish to thank God for seeing our Vice President undergo surgery. All Nigerian doctors are praying for his speedy and full recovery,” he said.

Many Nigerians travel abroad for medical treatment due to the lack of adequate medical infrastructure in the country.

As a result, there have been calls to curb medical tourism, especially among politicians, and a need to improve access to quality healthcare in the country.

In 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has undertaken many medical trips to the UK, said the trend was not good for the country.

“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for treatment. It’s not good for us and it has to stop because we can’t afford it anymore,” Buhari had said.

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