Unending quest for medical tourism


For DSO, a new life in a season of expectations


By Adewale Kupoluyi

DESPITE the growing criticism against medical tourism by top government personnel to foreign countries, there seems not to be a way out of what has become a costly official indulgence. Just a few days ago, Nigerians staged a protest at the Nigeria House in London against President Muhammadu Buhari’s current medical trip to the United Kingdom, as the President is expected to spend about two weeks for the ‘short rest’.

This medical trip can be said to be illtimed on the premise that doctors, under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, are on a nationwide strike to press home demands for better welfare and the imperative of fixing the nation’s deteriorating health system. What makes the President’s case disturbing is that he has allegedly spent over 200 nonconsecutive days on medical tourism in the United Kingdom alone since he assumed office in 2015 and with huge expenses paid for with public funds.

For instance, he once took…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper