On 31/May/2019 / In Medical News
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has urged Nigerians to desist from travelling abroad for medical treatment.
Speaking during a tour of the facilities at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, the monarch said the hospital had the capacity to handle any kind of surgery and fulfill the medical needs of the people.
Achebe, who described the infrastructure, equipment and personnel at the teaching hospital as world class, added, “There is no reason why we should go to foreign countries for treatment. Maybe, you can get the kind of facilities here at ABUADTH in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
“With all the equipment here, we don’t need to waste our money going outside the shores of this country for treatment. What I have seen here marvels me.
“I will come here for medical treatment. There is no need to travel overseas when we have this world-class hospital here. It requires a lot of vision, drive and determination to be able to put up a place like this,” he said.
The founder of ABUAD, Chief Afe Babalola, who said he founded the university to protest against the running of public universities in Nigeria, said, “I deliberately want the teaching hospital to be the best. I am confident that the centre of excellence that this place is meant for is being established.
“With the hospital, right from the beginning, we were out to maintain standard just as we are leading in Engineering, Law and Medicine. We want the health aspect to be like that.
“We don’t want people to die unnecessarily, we want to reduce the rate of avoidable deaths. And if we want the hospital to be number one like other programmes of the university, we have to do it in a way it will be unique and second to none in terms of medical service delivery to the populace,” Babalola said.
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