We must push regulation of private hospitals – Ministerial Nominee

By Cynthia Ferdinand October 27, 2015 15:27

We must push regulation of private hospitals – Ministerial Nominee

Ministerial nominee and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan Adewole Folorunso, has undermined medical tourism, saying if Nigeria puts the necessary facilities in place, Nigerian doctors can do better than their Indian counterparts.

Folorunso emphasized this while fielding questions from the Senate during the ongoing Ministerial screening exercise.

He revealed that he will make efforts to prevent medical tourism by providing improved health facilities which he identified as the sole reason Nigerians prefer to lavish funds in other countries seeking medical solutions.

    “It is an unfortunate consequence of the state of affairs and it had been estimated that we lose between one and three billion naira every year.

    “The most important destination is India and I make bold to say that we have competent Nigerian who can do these jobs.

    “What we need is a well updated and upgraded healthcare system, well equipped with robust infrastructure.

    “When that happens it will reduce tourism because it is cheaper to do it at home it is also health promoting to stay with your people,” he said.

According to him Nigeria could decide to build one comprehensive and equipped health care centre in every geo-political zone for a start and make expansions later.

He added that Nigeria medical practitioners abroad are doing very well and has attained great heights such that a Nigeria manages one of the largest health care centers in England.

Making reference to the fight against the Ebola he stated that Nigeria could achieve any medical or health level with determination and good leadership.

    “If the nation sets up such facilities, Nigerians will have the job done and well.”

While speaking on the duplication of private hospitals Folorunso emphasized the need to regulate them and ensure that they function well.

He also called for the establishment of more cancer centers in Nigeria to help curb the fast spreading killer disease.