It is most unfortunate and shameful recurrent decimal in our sick polity that the present administration has looked away from the rot in the health sector it promised heaven and earth to revitalize, a situation that has sustained medical tourism led by President Buhari himself. Where then is the honour of Nigeria when there is no cure for its ailing president at home, just like we look elsewhere for economic salvation?

 

After repeatedly warning his aides and top government functionaries against medical tourism and to fly economically instead of business class, Nigeria’s president, last Tuesday, has travelled to the United Kingdom for a medical check-up on a legendary undisclosed ailment. By implication, there is no hospital in the country well-equipped with needed experts good enough for the Nigerian president’s “routine” medical check-up.

Not even the presidential billions-guzzling Aso Rock Clinic. It is getting sadder and nauseating that nobody in this government, not even President Muhammadu Buhari, represents the exemplary figure for the citizen to emulate in terms of inspiring public leadership quality
capable of motivating and mobilizing positive national action.

The record shows that President Buhari has travelled to London six times on medical grounds since 2015 when he became president. Worst still, the official gleeful explanation does not portray the sad fact that Nigeria’s image nosedives each time Nigerian president jets out with public money
to foreign hospitals for treatment.

According to presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, “The President is looking at the window of opportunity that has opened with the Easter holiday. It’s a much relaxed period for everyone – Good Friday, Easter Monday, National Holidays.

Then, he will use that period for his regular medical check-up. “This is something he has done for so many years even before he came to office. Every year, he had an appointment with his doctors and he went there to do it. The only anomaly this time around is that COVID prevented this kind of thing to hold in 2020.

So, he has lost some period.

The last time he was there were one and half years back”, he said.

It is most unfortunate and shameful recurrent decimal in our sick polity that the present administration has looked away from the rot in the health sector it promised heaven and earth to revitalize, a situation that has sustained medical tourism led by President Buhari himself.

Where then is the honour of Nigeria when there is no cure for its ailing president at home, just like we look elsewhere for economic salvation?

Every year, Nigeria loses a huge N576 billion to medical tourism according to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). This is aside the bran drain that has continued to hit the sector on a continuous basis. With barely two years for Buhari to go, the situation in Nigeria’s health sector remain dire and hopeless.


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