On 08/Nov/2013 / In Medical News
Going by the plans of U.S.- based medical group and institutions, the days of medical tourism abroad for Nigerians may be coming to an end-atleast in the area of heart problems.
Spercifically, some U.S.- bases Nigerian doctors are working with other professional groups in the United States, including the American College of Cardiology and the Association of Black Cardiologists in the U.S. to Black ensure sustainable cardiovascular care in Nigeria, among other medical issues that propel Nigerians to travel abroad for treatment.
Dr.Ola Akinboboye who is the president of the Association of black Cardiologists in the U.S., who briefed the press recently in New York on such eddorts, also commended teh recent successful conduct of open-heart surgery at the University College Hosital, UCH Ibadan.
According to him, the association he led, and the board of the American Colege of Cardiology was supportive of the development at UCH, and working to ensure its continuity and sustainability not only in Ibadan and Enugu, but also at several centres in teh country.
Medical doctors and other observers say open-heart surgery had been performed previously at the UNTH, in 1975 and UCH in 1978.
Akinboboye, a new york based award winning cardiologist, who was also recently named the top Nigeian American doctor by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN noted,"we have to put an end to the current practice of medical tourism for advanced cardiovascular care and make such services avaiable at reasonable cost to por people in Nigeria."
In order to achieve that, Akinboboye, who himself graduated from UCH noted that "the next frontier is to make thede dervices available on regular basis through skill transfer to cardiovascular care provided by Nigerians for Nigerians."
He said that given the epidemic of cardiovascular diseases in the country "we need many more cardiovascular surgery centres," disclosing that there was a plan that he and other national and international medicalexperts were engaged with for another such specialst center in Lgos.
By Laolu Akande, New york
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