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Aruike Hospital: Reversing Medical Tourism In Enugu

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Posted: Aug 31, 2016 at 10:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria spends N120 billion annually, on medical tourism abroad, while about 5000 citizens travel to India monthly, for medical treatment, according to former President of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele.

Enabulele who spoke at a press conference in Sokoto last year, described this development as ugly and unacceptable.

The alarming rate of Nigerians seeking medical attention abroad has often been blamed on the poor state of public hospitals in the country.

According to experts, health institutions in the country, including, teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres, have been reduced to mere consulting clinics, owing to years of neglect by government and dilapidated facilities.

This leaves many Nigerians, especially the poor with no access to quality healthcare.

The well-to-do ones, especially the political class, do not however share in the difficulty as they fly themselves and members of their families abroad for medical attention, even for minor ailments.

The capital flight caused by this medical tourism abroad, particularly to India and United Kingdom, has continued to worsen the country’s already bad economic situation.

Hope of reversing the trend in Nigeria’s healthcare sector however came recently, with the commissioning of multi-million naira Aruike Model Specialist Hospital Ebe in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, built by an Indian philanthropist, Sathry Sai Baba.

The philanthropist built the hospital as part of his contribution to quality healthcare delivery to people in Ebe community and environs. Ebe is about 20 minutes drive from Enugu metropolis and five minutes drive from the popular 9th Mile Corner Enugu.

The Aruike Hospital, built to international standards, was commissioned by Enugu State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sam Ngwu on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The facilities at the ultra-modern hospital include two well equipped laboratories, a dispensary, two large theatres, an injection room, female and male wards, private rooms, four consulting rooms and a post labour room.

Aruike Hospital was further equipped with a 500Kva electricity transformed and a water borehole.

Speaking shortly after the official commissioning, Dr Ngwu, praised the donors, stating that their efforts will impact healthcare.

He assured that the State government would continue to provide enabling environment for investments that will improve the lives of people.

Speaking on behalf of the donor, Chairman of Sai Sathry Baba Health and Education Trust, C. Screenivas, announced that patients are going to receive treatment free of charge in the hospital, saying that quality healthcare is the right of every citizen.

Earlier, the facilitator of the hospital project, Reverend Fr. Charles Ogada, said that everybody is eligible to receive medical treatment at Aruike Hospital free of charge.

In an address on behalf of the host community, the President General of Adukwu General Assembly Ebe, Ethelbert Agu said the humanitarian gesture represents yet another milestone in the annals of historic bilateral relationship between the community, Adukwu, on one hand, and the donor organization on the other.

Speaking further, the President General said as the host community to this great humanitarian health facility, they pledged their continued support, project security and partnership towards its progress in the service of God and humanity.