Reducing Medical Tourism In Nigeria: A Chief Surgeon’s Recommendation  

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Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Head of Neurosurgeon National Hospital Abuja

 

By Bukola Afeni

Chief Surgeon Consultant, and Head of Neurosurgeon National Hospital Abuja, Dr Charles Ugwuanyi has given a perspective to how Nigeria could reduce medical tourism.

Speaking during official launch and unveiling of the manifesto for his campaign, Dr. Ugwuanyi who is aspiring to become the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in August said Nigeria can reduce medical tourism by simply improving health care services in the country.

While calling for a revamp of the country’s health sector, Ugwuanyi called on the stakeholders in the health sector, especially the Labour leadership to push for the regularization of the welfare of welfare of health workers, especially doctors.

“Medical doctors are never duly accorded the respect that they deserve, and not properly renumerated. The medical profession is suffering and we want the government to address all outstanding issues with the medical union,” he said.

Speaking further, Dr Ugwuanyi said that when voted as the FCT NMA Chairman, he will bring accountability and stability into the health care system in the Federal Capital Territory.

“I have built a lot of capacity in so many dimensions, in the medical field, over a service period of nearly 30 years, having served in diverse Medical Association.

With the  vast experience and exposure that I have acquired, I believe I am very conversant with the issues and problems in medical practices in Nigeria as a whole,” he said.

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