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Nigeria loses N175 billion annually to medical tourism – former Health Minister

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A former minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that Nigeria loses N175 billion annually to medical tourism.

At the opening ceremony of the 2017 Faculty of Clinical Sciences 10th Faculty Week & Scientific Conference, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with the theme: “Medical Tourism in Nigeria,” Chukwu said that the wasted fund was more than 50 per cent of the proposed total budget for 2018 for the federal health sector.

According to him, the lack of funding of the health sector was affecting the development of the trainers and trainees, as they are not exposed to enough cases and quality of care, therefore making the local sector lose the confidence of the populace resulting in low esteem and loss of morale among the health personnel.