FG to curb medical tourism with 6 referral hospitals

By Post Nigeria March 24, 2015 14:12

FG to curb medical tourism with 6 referral hospitals

President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that the Federal Government would set up a referral hospital in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.

Jonathan made this known on Monday while inaugurating 400 bed capacity Specialist Hospital in Bauchi State.

He said the idea was geared towards discouraging medical tourism abroad.

“As a Federal Government, we have plans to set up referral hospital in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.

“When established, Nigerians will go to these zones for medical attention, instead of going outside the country,” he said.

“He added that the federal government would also set up a technical team to come up with strategies on how to properly manage hospitals in the country.

“I have gone to quite a number of states and the state governments have built very good hospitals with modern equipment.

“But equipment without proper management cannot help,” he said.

He said his administration would discuss with professional practitioners on how Nigeria would manage its health system to meet global standards.

He applauded Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi for his initiative in establishing a standard hospital, promising to work with the state government to continue to achieve best global practice on healthcare.

According to him, the specialist hospital is well equipped to provide world class medical care to patients.

Jonathan reiterated his administration’s commitment in strengthening the health sector in the country in order to achieve quality healthcare delivery and also curb incessant strike in the nation’s hospital

“As a government, we will do our best to come out with programmes and policies that will make doctors earn commensurate wages so that they will be stable and do the work they are paid to do,” Jonathan said.

Yuguda speaking earlier said the construction of the hospital was awarded in 2012 at the cost of N2.5billion, following the transfer of the former Bauchi Specialist Hospital to the Federal Government, which was upgraded to a teaching Hospital.

He said the hospital was a critical investment that will affect the lives of the people, adding that it was initiated to discourage people traveling abroad for medical attention.

“Our goal is to assemble multidisciplinary team in the state, with the hope that all the medical resources in this hospital would be accessible to those who cannot afford them,” Yuguda said.

He explained that his administration has so far constructed and fully equipped 13 hospitals, bringing the total number of general hospitals in the state to 25.

He added that the number of primary health care facilities had also been increased from 881 in 2007, to 1,200 currently.