Dr. Olusegun Odukoya, the Chief Medical Director, Eko Hospital has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to commit more funds to the training of health specialists.
Dr Odukoya made the appeal following the accreditation of the hospital to run a postgraduate fellowship programme in obstetrics and gynaecology by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West Africa College of Physicians.
Said Dr Odukoya,
“The Buhari administration has to take the lead in funding and ensuring that there are facilities for postgraduate medical training colleges. We do not have any subvention from the government but it will be appropriate for this administration to look into this.”
Lamenting the high tariff on imported medical equipment, Dr Odukoya cited the Indian example and called on the government to reduce tariff on imported medical equipment in order to boost the medical sector.
According to the doctor,
“We should learn from India which is now the hub of medical tourism. What its government did was to bring the importation of any medical equipment to three per cent. The government took this decision to allow doctors and investors to bring in modern equipment into the country. That is why people are now rushing to India for treatment because their hospitals boast modern equipment and facilities which specialists require. For medical equipment we import to Nigeria, we pay a huge amount to the Customs. Why can’t the government bring it down to either zero or minimal digit level?”