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Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by OEPHIUS(m): 8:03am On Jan 23
Nigerians, just like people from other countries, were preoccupied with the brewing tension that the assassination of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) Commander, Qassim Soleimani, by the United States of America airstrike had ignited when their attention was drawn to something interesting back home. It was no other but President Muhammadu Buhari surprisingly complain at the rate which Nigerians patronise foreign hospitals for their health needs.

Buhari, who apparently, was troubled at how much Nigerians have suffered by going abroad for medical treatment, said the practice has become unbearable for the country and must stop now. Represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, during the inauguration and handing over of completed projects to the management of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, the president said “Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again.”

Definitely, no president or leader of any country would feel unmoved at the enormous of money lost to medical tourism on a yearly basis and its huge toll on the country’s health sector. What, however, sound confounding and has agitated the minds of Nigerians was, who is the president talking to?

That question was not unexpected when you consider that the president would definitely rank top on the list of those who patronise foreign hospitals for treatment. It would, expectedly, ignite confusion and leaves many Nigerians wondering what Buhari is trying to get at.

So often, the penchant of a few privileged Nigerians to rush overseas for medical treatment dominates public discussions. This is so knowing well the economic implications and how much damage it has caused to the country’s health sector.

Nevertheless, nothing really has changed. Rather, what we’ve seen is a sustained culture of medical tourism and even the president casting serious doubt in the quality and effectiveness of the country’s health system with his frequent medical treatments abroad. That, put to doubt, his promises to fix the country’s health sector.

A few years back, many Nigerians had counted on Buhari’s famed frugal style to limit or outrightly, bring to an end to the recurring practice where privileged Nigerians patronise foreign hospitals. They were so convinced that a president in Buhari mould would not allow what many considered to be one of the ‘wasteful’ habits of the ruling class and a strong impediment to the country’s health sector, to continue, but fix the country’s hospitals for the use of everyone.

But those expectations have not only been shattered, but Nigerians are also left to bear the anguish of a failed health infrastructure. Anytime Buhari or any of the ruling class has health issues, they easily fly abroad and leave millions of Nigerians without resources with the poor and degrading hospitals to handle their health conditions.

And, to say those who frequent hospitals abroad for their health needs have suffered so much, is the height of insensitivity to what many Nigerians are facing with the poor situation of medicare in the country. Except Buhari wants to be economical with the truth or keeping up with politician traits, those who are actually suffering from the preference of few to patronise foreign hospitals, are the weak and deprived Nigerians.

When you visit public hospitals in Nigeria, you’ll get a clearer picture of what people go through every day in their quest for the restoration of their health, and how they are most times, left to their faith, owing to poor infrastructures or lack of personnel. That is the case because those who should ensure public health are good enough to serve the people, abandoned it to patronise foreign hospitals.

Disturbing, however, is that Aso Villa clinic, which is purposely set up to take care of the President, Vice President and their families, as well as members of Staff of the Presidential Villa, have joined the appalling state of healthcare in the country. Despite billions voted to the clinic in the last five years, those who should use the facility ignores it for medicals abroad and cost Nigeria more resources.

Quite obvious that more than anyone, the president shares blame for the increasing preference of some privileged Nigerians to go abroad for their health needs. The truth is Buhari’s assessment on how the practice is not good for the country and should stop, however, he was wrong to assume that people who choose foreign hospitals, rather than those left with no choice but accept the deplorable state of hospitals at home, bear so much pain.

For so long, Nigeria’s health sector has suffered negligence and that has put the health need of million of deprived citizens in jeopardy. And, if Buhari thinks seeking foreign medicare is badly hurting Nigeria and needs to stop, he should lead by example. As the leader of the country, he should start showing trust in Nigerian hospitals by patronising them.

That should also extend to his family and top government functionaries so as to demonstrate to Nigerians that, indeed, his government is sincere on the need to end medical tourism. The time for lamentations or warnings is far over, but rather, what Nigerians want are actions that match pronouncements by the government. Otherwise, Nigerians would have nothing but a question; who is Buhari talking to?

Oke Umurhohwo is a Political Analyst and Strategist. He tweets via@OkeStalyf and can be reached via oke.umu@gmail.com
https://leaders.ng/medical-tourism-who-is-buhari-talking-to-by-okestalyf-opinion/

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by SHOPPERS(m): 8:20am On Jan 23
His shadow.

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by ashantitope: 8:20am On Jan 23
H
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by raker300: 8:20am On Jan 23
These guys don’t see hypocrisy..no need pointing it out

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by DjAndroid: 8:20am On Jan 23
ehh?

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Trutherme: 8:20am On Jan 23
Talking to himself obviously. After all, how many Nairalanders have been to UK or overseas for treatment more than him? undecided

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Oluwasaeon(m): 8:20am On Jan 23
Nonce President

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by dayleke: 8:21am On Jan 23
That is not new na..... sad
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by uchwar1: 8:21am On Jan 23
If u ask me, who I go ask

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Bossontop(m): 8:21am On Jan 23
undecided
Oh......where are d zombies when they are needed??

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Maslib: 8:21am On Jan 23
Talking to us that flies to UK for every headache and fever to stop spending money going for check up abroad .
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Elslim: 8:22am On Jan 23
There is fire on the mountain

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by PapaBaby: 8:22am On Jan 23
In 2014 Buhari was very much against any civil servant going abroad for medical check ups. Same Buhari spent nearly 6 months abroad for (you guessed it) medical check up.

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by modaink333: 8:22am On Jan 23
Abba kayiri
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by baysherpsyche: 8:22am On Jan 23
You lead we follow...no be so.
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by azadus18: 8:22am On Jan 23
Mtchw
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Juliearth(f): 8:23am On Jan 23
Coming from someone who frequents foreign countries for health reasons, I am gobsmacked...or maybe I should not be #ignorantandhypocriticalmuch

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by blackboy2star(m): 8:23am On Jan 23
This country need serious divorce between the three major tribe

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by sotall(m): 8:23am On Jan 23
That's the trademark of a hypocrite.


A leader who only leads by mouth. undecided

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Perfecttouchade: 8:24am On Jan 23
I am something I am something, I fly to the UK often for medical check-ups but I won't tolerate anybody flying to the abroad for any medical reasons, what am I? grin nobody is enjoying the ride anymore abeg

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by calberian: 8:24am On Jan 23
Simpu tin

As usual, the president doesn’t give his personal opinion but rather reads whatever his highly paid speech writers write for him.

This time around, he wasn’t even present to read his own damn speech.

So, the speech writer wrote straight from his own church mind and it was transferred to the Honourable Minister who did justice to it.

This isn’t a case of Buhari speaking to Nigerians. It is a case of Nigerians speaking to Buhari.

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by OnyesomJ(m): 8:25am On Jan 23
Lead by Example then your Sheep will follow ur way

Please stop Disturbing our Quiet time, because Na you be their Baba so why are you worried!!!
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Achizzy7: 8:27am On Jan 23
Both Gen buhari nd his cabinets are all ignorant...


make we jst sell dis country make we shear the money jeje abeg

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Georgry(m): 8:27am On Jan 23
Mr integrity my ass

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Nobody: 8:27am On Jan 23
Okay

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Racoon(m): 8:28am On Jan 23
The President-Maj.General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.),on Fridaysaid Nigerians should not continue going abroad for medical treatment.

“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment.This is not good for us & it must stop because we can’t afford it again"

The President, who himself had travelled to the United Kingdom for treatment on several occasions."
https://www.google.com/amp/s/punchng.com/nigerians-cant-continue-going-overseas-for-treatment-buhari/amp/


Which Nigerians "have suffered so much"? from seeking healthcare outside the shores of this country that has already been bastardized by his regime that even health tourism have shamelessly became a priority of our national life?

This man is truly sick.What a bloody hypocrite. This is the man mummified zombies spent their miserable lives defending here on this forum?

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by symbianDON(m): 8:28am On Jan 23
I'm sure he was talking in his sleep! he couldn't have said that consciously.

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Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by tstx(m): 8:28am On Jan 23
Himself
Re: Medical Tourism: Who Is Buhari Talking To? By Oke Umurhohwo by Hungarriman: 8:28am On Jan 23

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