The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to curb medical tourism in the country.
The minister, however, noted that medical tourism was not necessarily due to lack of medical equipment but lack of conducive hospital environment and poor attitude of health workers towards health care delivery.
He said the federal government would, in addition to implementing policy actions, support initiatives from individuals and groups to achieve the objective.
A statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations in the minister’s office, Eunice Akro, said Mamora disclosed these during a courtesy visit by a team from CPL Medical Group Limited, who gave him an update on the federal government/CPL Medical Group partnership on the Special Presidential Intervention Project to advance the tertiary health sector.
The minister expressed delight at the progress recorded by the team in the implementation of the various stages of the deal which also involved the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
The team, who was led by the Chairman of the Group, Albert Awofisayo, said the purpose of the visit was to solicit government’s support for the successful rehabilitation of the 22 federal teaching hospitals and the construction of a green-field 500-bed federal center of medical excellence in Abuja with the collaboration of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, United States.