Stakeholders lament superfluous sponsoring of overseas treatment

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The Director, Purple Source Healthcare, Abayomi sule has said that despite government is not investing adequately in the health sector, it is also contributing to capital flight out of the country through sponsoring and reimbursing people who seek healthcare in countries like Indian, for health services available in the country.

Delivery his keynote address at the 2016 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association of Residence Doctors (ARD), National Orthopaedic Hospital Chapter, Lagos, with the theme, “Medical Tourism in Nigeria: Reversing the Trend and Repositioning the Health Sector,” Sule, bemoan the continued deteriorating state of the country’s healthcare system. He said though medical tourism has been a long-standing issue, it has become so pervasive in Nigeria, as a result the healthcare system is being out outsourced to other nations.

The ARD President, National Orthopaedic Hospital Chapter, Igboobi, Dr. Paul Dike said the theme was picked to reflect on the recent happenings in the sector and proffer solutions.

Similarly, the Medical Director of the hospital, Oluremi Odunubi, suggested putting in place some guidelines on use of public funds for medical tourism.

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