Saudi-German Hospital Seeks Partnership to Improve Nigeria’s Health Care
Speaking to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja, the chief executive officer, Saudi German Hospital, Madinah, Dr Ramez Elawady said Saudi Arabia-based Saudi German Hospital is seeking partnership with some Nigerian private hospitals in order to improve efficiency and create access to better health care delivery for Nigerians at affordable rate, and This is even as the federal government and stakeholders have been clamoring and canvassing attitudinal change from health -seeking Nigerians to patronize hospitals in the country.
Dr Ramez Elawady said the decision to partner with Nigerian doctors is borne out of the need to tap into Nigeria’s vast health needs, and help to boost medical inflows into the country, adding that , “Nigeria’s population is almost 180 million and they are spending billions on medical tourism annually. So it’s an opportunity to come and invest in its health care to improve the quality of services provided. “We are coming here to collaborate and partner with other health care providers to treat the patients in their own country and to eventually have our own facilities in the areas that are mostly needed in the country.”
Elawady said this was important especially as the federal government wants to decrease medical tourism and impose restriction to deter health seeking Nigerians from traveling outside the country to seek health care services.”So I see this as an opportunity to have and invest in the health care industry inside Nigeria and to have and treat patients inside too. For us, it’s very important to have patients within this country and to develop and improve the skills of Nigerian doctors through collaborations and cooperation.”
“In the long run, it will have good benefits for the country, the patients and for us as well.”
The CEO Saudi German Hospital said the health facility has two objectives which are short and long term.