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General Gowon bemoans Huge Bill on Medical Tourism

General Gowon bemoans Huge Bill on Medical Tourism

General Yakubu Gowon, Former Head of State, said Nigeria can drastically reduce its $2 billion yearly expenditure on medical tourism if well-meaning people choose to invest in the provision of modern health care facilities.

He spoke yesterday at the inauguration of four-ultra modern projects including the telemedicine equipment at the Afe Babalola University Multi System Hospital in Ado Ekiti. The other projects unveiled at the institution are the new post-graduate building and halls of residence; the state-of the-art social and management science building and a fixed dome planetarium.

General Gowon was effusive in praising the founder of the university, Aare Afe Babalola for devoting his time and resources in building a world-class institution and providing an ultra-modern hospital with facilities found in most developed countries.

The equipment, donated by an Indian Hospital, Aster Healthcare, under a collaboration agreement with ABUAD, entails consulting, diagnosis and management of medical conditions by doctors in Ado Ekiti, India and Dubai through a sophisticated transmission of data, online, real time. The partnership between the two hospitals also covers technical services, managerial services as well as training of doctors, nurses and other medical support staff.

Aare Babalola described the tele-medicine equipment as “the first in Africa and will assist our hospital in the area of ‘tele-consulting’,‘tele-diagnosis’ and ‘tele-management’. It will enable our partners in Dubai to join us in Ekiti in performing medical service in ABUAD by proxy.”

The planetarium, an 18M fixed dome, described as the only one in Africa with astronomical observatory and one of the largest fixed planetarium in the world, will enable the university conduct training and research in space science and technology.

The events were witnessed by General Olusegun Obasanjo; former Chief Justice Alfa Belgore; Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye; Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe; Oloye of Oye- Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju; Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye; the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed and his two predecessors-Prof Peter Okebukola and Prof. Julius Okojie among other dignitaries.

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