A medical practitioner, Dr Ifeanyi Ndukwe, has called on governments to improve the welfare of healthcare workers so as to curb medical tourism.
Ndukwe, President, Association of Resident Doctors, National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi (NOHIL), Lagos State, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Thursday.
“A way forward on how government can better our healthcare system in Nigeria is improve on healthcare workers welfare package.
“We believe that if the government can put in place solid measures for the general populace to access quality healthcare delivery, the issue of medical tourism will be a thing of the past.
“As a student in the medical institution, many of our professors and teachers told us stories of how they were treated in the 60s and 70s when they were in medical schools.
“Government took care of them.
“These are memory times that have been lost and because of that, many challenges in the health sector have also led to brain drain that is being witnessed in the country at large,” Ndukwe said.
He also called on governments to strengthen the health institutions rather than have many that are not functioning optimally.
“I think it’s better than having many secondary and tertiary health institutions scattered across the federation, yet only few are functioning optimally.
“Government should look for a way out to ensure that our decayed infrastructure are improved upon so that Nigerians can get the best healthcare delivery in Nigeria rather than traveling abroad to seek for care,’’ he said.