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Ehanire : Nigeria loses over $1bn annually to Medical Tourism

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  • Ehanire : Nigeria loses over $1bn annually to Medical Tourism

    The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that Nigeria loses about $1 billion every year as a result of medical tourism.

    This is even as the Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) Mrs. Toyin Saraki, disclosed that over 2,300 under-five children and 145 women of children bearing age die every day in Nigeria

    Ehanire’s revelation is coming at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent medical trips abroad are causing discomfort among Nigerians, especially in the face of ongoing industrial action by the health workers.

    The Minister, in a statement saturday by the Media Aide to the Wife of the Senate President, Ms. Veronica, made the remarks while being interviewed, following Mrs. Saraki’s keynote speech at the recent high-level Future of Health Summit, organised by Forbes and CNBC Africa.

    “Nigeria loses up to $1bn every year to medical tourism, as a result of the loss of faith in our medical system, at various levels. We must foster an enabling environment where knowledge reparation in health is promoted and Nigerian Health workers in diaspora can return home,” Ehanire said.