Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s minister of state for health, has decried the poor condition of Nigeria health care facilities, stating that large number of Nigerians travel abroad for laboratory test.
Speaking to graduands and new students of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Sciences) in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Ehanire said, according to Daily Trust, that Nigerians had no confidence in the health institutions within the country as these institutions are wont to display inaccurate results.
“A good portion of the challenge of medical tourism in Nigeria is attributed to patients who go abroad for medical diagnostic services, including laboratory tests,” the minister said after he commissioned projects at the permanent site of the school at the Jos University teaching Hospital (JUTH). “If this continues, it is a declaration of no confidence on all of us,” he said.
“Therefore, we must do something urgent among all healthcare professionals to look at what ways of improving the quality of service which we render.”
Also present at the event were Mr. Tosan Erhabor; the acting registrar of the medical laboratory science council, MLSCN, Dr. Sunday Etukudoh.
the provost/chief executive officer of the school, Dr. Kunden Kamshak, the state commissioner for health, and Professor James Damen, who was the guest speaker, all who spoke at the event.