President Muhammadu Buhari and other political office holders, fond of engaging in medical tourism for the slightest ailments should henceforth desist and emulate vice president, Yemi Osinbajo by patronizing Nigeria hospitals with it’s capable medical personnel.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) made the call through it’s national president Uche Ojinmah, in a ‘Get-Well Wish’ message on Monday in Abuja.
Osinbajo had undergone surgery over a “recurrent pain in his leg” on Saturday.
Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesman, said the surgery took place at the Duchess International Hospital in Lagos.
The surgery was said to be successful and the vice-president is expected to be released in “a few days”.
Ojinmah commended Osinbajo for demonstrating confidence in Nigerian doctors and the healthcare system.
He added that it is time to fix the nation’s “fragile health care system” to the benefit of the common man and the economy.
He said the association is certain that Osinbajo was impressed with the service he got.
“We wish to thank God for seeing our Vice President through surgery. All Nigerian doctors are praying for his quick and complete recovery,” he said.
The political class, led by President Muhammadu Buhari leads in the number of Nigerians daily seeking medical treatment in India, United Kingdom and the USA.
As a result of this, there have been calls to curb medical tourism, especially among politicians, and a need to improve access to quality health care in the country.