The Chief Medical Director, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Prof. Olawale Oke, has advised Nigerians against unnecessary medical sojourn abroad, saying some of these treatment they seek abroad can be gotten here in Nigeria. Prof. Oke gave the advice at a press briefing in Lagos while giving a score card of his stewardship by the inaugurated Management Board of the hospital.
He said some Nigerians who seek medical help abroad die in the process based on wrong diagnosis and treatment.
Nigerians spend in excess of N150bn annually on medical tourism abroad.
“People who have money can go anywhere they want. Some others have gone and regretted it. Anyone who goes on medical tourism should be sure of where they are going to because some of the ailments they go for can be treated here. We have had cases where people go on medical tourism and die from wrong diagnosis. We have the brains here, who are qualified to handle even complex cases. If your Nigerian doctor says your condition can be treated here, I will strongly advice you heed the advice,” he explained.
Speaking on the development in the hospital he said Ayinke House, the new wing of the hospital, will soon be commissioned complete with state-of-the-art equipment. Ayinke House is a-130 bed facility.
“The Critical Care Unit (CCU) is at 85 percent completion. It is now fully equipped and soon to be staffed with able hands. As it is now, we are looking to fix a launch date in December 2014 for the flagship facility,” he said.