““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.