Opinion: Big-Men’s Medical Tourism is temporary suspended [and their neglect will be obvious]

We have seen over the years, that big-men from developing countries instead of fixing their own health-care system or even supporting the needs of the Ministry of Health. They have at every junction instead used foreign health care and hospitals to salvage the hurt and heal.

Now in this COVID-19 or Coronavirus times, the borders are closed, ending flights between the nations and the quarantine of people crossing borders. The big-men cannot flea their own health care facilities, but instead has to trust them like everyone else. The neglect, the lack of investment and the years of brain-drain has hurt these hospitals and health care facilities.

They have gotten aid, gotten grants and promised to build sustainable health care facilities. However, the big-men have never trusted these ones. Only the ones whose retired and the ones who hasn’t saved up in office. Has in the end of their days and because of lack funds. They have used them and seen the grim state.

Like there been high ranking officials, who suddenly needs care and been brought to the closest hospital after a public function. Usually picked up by a army chopper and flown to the best nearby facility. However, than they have lacked electricity, enough beds, medicines or needed technical apparatus to function. That was okay, when the locals needed it, but when they pop-by than its an outcry. The state cannot even procure enough ambulances and have proper levels of in-need educated professionals in the field.

That is why, this sort of crisis undress the years of neglect, the years of corruption and lack of investment in the field. If they will lack blood, air and other needed things. It will be, because they didn’t care in days of sunshine. Now, that its raining and the roads are getting muddy. Than, the big-men will suffer with the general public.

They are maybe VIPs and have giant convoys. They are maybe paid a fortune for their high office and high ranking in society. However, they have to enter the same facilities, which they didn’t think of or consider. Because, there was always, China, Singapore, France or United States. Where they could go for check-ups and healing. Where they got better treatment and with modern facilities made for patching the hurt.

Now, they cannot go there. They are blocked. They cannot risk to enter there and the borders are closing in. The Big-men doesn’t have the meal-ticket or ability pay an easy way out. Instead, they have to suffer with public.

There is no way out. Just continue, but maybe their eyes will be opened when they will be questioned why they didn’t spend the needed funds in sunshine, but cries out during the rain. They spent on the army, ghosts and side-dishes. Nevertheless, they didn’t care for the health care, for the structures of healing and proper treatment.

Now, they will hold prayer sessions and ask for the Gods to intervene. Instead of using their minds and used their time to invest. They could have invested and could have made a difference. Instead, they got warplanes, got ammunition to start wWrld War III, but cannot have enough beds for a pandemic. Peace.

Opinion: Buhari should look into his own actions, before curving medical tourism…

““President Mohammadu Buhari has resolved to curb medical tourism by supporting initiatives from individuals and groups,” Mamora said. “We are focused on improving working conditions in the hospitals because medical tourism is not necessarily an outcome of lack of medical equipment. It encompasses factors like lack of conducive hospital environment and poor attitude of health workers towards health care delivery.” (The Cable – ‘Buhari has resolved to curb medical tourism, says minister’ 05.11.2019).

There are some stories you cannot make up. Sometimes some stories that are too good to be true. Like reading the scripture and seeing the Holy Ghost. It is just a amazing experience. Today was one of them moments. As the President and his handlers are on a private visit to London, again. Surely for some check-ups and medical care, not only signing of laws and acting Presidential from Abuja House. He surely will act aloof too.

“It is estimated that 30,000 Nigerians travel abroad every year for medical care and spend about $1billion in the process, and about a quarter of the sum was spent in India in 2012. Realization of the potential benefits to the economy if such expenditures are retained locally has prompted several reactions including calls for restriction of government sponsorship of public officials and channeling of more resources toward the health sector” (Helpman Associates – ‘Medical Tourism, Demographics and Nigeria’s Health System’ 28.09.2019).

In this regard, the President and his minister has stated that they have targeted the medical tourism aka himself and his comrades. Which I have a hard time believing as the state haven’t sufficient funds for the health care in the Republic, neither has it invested in the term of Buhari significantly in it. I’m sure that Jubril of Sudan has done more in Khartoum, than what Buhari has done in Abuja, Kano or in Port Harcourt.

Just look at the past of the President:

“LONDON — After a blackout of close to three months — and a blizzard of speculation — Nigerians have caught sight of their elusive leader, 3,000 miles from home. President Muhammadu Buhari has not been seen since leaving Africa’s most populous country, which is battling an economic crisis, terrorism and a regional famine, for medical treatment at the beginning of May” (Eoghan Macguire – ‘Nigerian President Buhari Pictured in London After Three Months Off Grid’ 25.07.2017).

“ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, who has urged politicians not to go abroad to seek medical care, has traveled to Britain on his fifth official trip to see a doctor there. Mr. Buhari, 75, left for London on Monday for a four-day visit, setting off renewed concerns about his health” (..) “The president is scheduled to return to Nigeria on Saturday, at which point he will have spent more than 170 days in London on official medical leave since becoming president in 2015” (Emmanuel Akinwotu – ‘Nigeria’s President Draws Criticism for Seeking Medical Care Abroad’ 08.05.2018).

We can see the money spent and the amount of people doing it. Not just the public officials, MPs and the President. Therefore, the elite can afford to get health care abroad, but the ordinary Nigerian cannot.

That is why the state have to do something about this. Actually invest and use own funds to get the Health Care Facilities up to scratch. Instead of travelling abroad and do it in India or in the United Kingdom. Which the President most likely is doing now and have done for over a 170 days since his term begun.

Buhari should look at his own actions, before directing anyone else. He knows what his up too and he pledges allegiance to the Queens Medical Treatment and not the ones of the Republic. That is the mere reality of it all. Peace.