While speaking when she inaugurated Cedarcrest Hospital in Abuja on Wednesday, Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, condemned the practice of spending the nation’s resources abroad through medical tourism.
According to a report by TheCable, she said she does not believe in Nigerians travelling abroad to receive treatment because “we have all it takes” for world-class medical services, adding that her son, Yusuf, was once treated in Abuja.
She said; “I believe in making Nigeria a better place to be. I don’t believe in spending our resources abroad. We have all it takes to have a hospital like this, from manpower to personnel.”
Aisha said her son “almost lost his life” but the hospital saved him. “Even after he was flown abroad for further medical attention, they (hospitals and surgeons abroad) did not do anything for him,” she added.
“They asked where the accident happened, where the surgery took place, I said Nigeria, they said excellent.”
Meanwhile, Aisha’s husband spent a total of 152 days in a London hospital in 2017 treating and undisclosed ailment. He travelled on two different occasions.
Her son, Yusu, was treated abroad after he suffered injuries from a bike accident in Abuja. He was first treated in Cedarcrest hospital but was later flown abroad for further treatment.
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