- Governments at all levels have been called upon to make the healthcare of Nigerians a major priority
- This call was made by a US-based Nigerian medical doctor, Dr Iwuozo Obilo
- Obilo said that government officials should not think that they are safe because they travel to the US to get benefits for themselves and their children during epidemics
A US-based Nigerian medical doctor, Dr Iwuozo Obilo, has called on the Nigerian government at all levels to make the healthcare of Nigerians a major priority.
Obilo told said this at the ‘2018 Faces of Hope Gala’ to seek support for the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation (NHF) in Newark, New Jersey, NAN reports.
Legit.ng notes that he warned Nigerian public officials against neglecting the health institutions in the country, saying they or their relatives could fall victim when there are epidemics.
He said: “Nigerian government officials should not think that because many of them come here (US) to get benefits or benefits for their children, they are safe during epidemics. Remember that only one child who has infection can infect the whole nation.
“This is because infection does not discriminate. It doesn’t know whether you are rich or poor. So it is our duty to pay attention to the healthcare needs of our country and the needs of our people."
He said NHF, which comprised of medical and health personnel, carried out an annual two-week medical mission trips to rural parts of Nigeria, where access to basic healthcare is limited.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a bill seeking for Act to amend the National Health Act to regulate and prohibit medical trip abroad by public servants passed through second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 14.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP), while leading the debate, said the amendment seeks to curb the huge foreign exchange loss to medical tourism.
Ogun stated that over 5,000 Nigerians fly out on a monthly basis, seeking medical treatment in India and other countries.
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