She said the country has all it takes to discourage extravagant medical tourism.
While speaking at the inauguration of Cedarcrest Hospital on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, she said the country has all it takes to discourage extravagant medical tourism.
She said, "I believe in making Nigeria a better place to be. I don't believe in spending our resources abroad. We have all it takes to have a hospital like this, from manpower to personnel."
The First Lady's son, Yusuf, had received initial treatment from Cedarcrest Hospital when he broke a limb and sustained an injury to the head in a motorbike accident on December 26, 2017.
He was flown abroad for further treatment after he was discharged in January, but the First Lady said on Wednesday that Cedarcrest saved his life.
"Even after he was flown abroad for further medical attention, they (hospitals and surgeons abroad) did not do anything for him. They asked where the accident happened, where the surgery took place, I said Nigeria, they said excellent," she said.
President Muhammadu Buhari spent a total of 154 days out of the country in 2017 as he transferred his executive powers to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and jetted to London two separate times to treat an undisclosed illness.