Experts call on modern medical equipment to curb medical tourism
The registrar Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria, Prof. Mark Okeji, has called on the federal government to increase the investment on radio diagnosis and provide radiography equipment to curb medical tourism.
He stated this in Abuja, in commemoration of the World Radiography Day.
Okeji said most people embarked on medical tourism because when they approached hospitals for diagnosis, there were no equipment to conduct the scan, hence they were forced to travel out of the country for diagnosis and treatment.
He stated that it was an unfortunate situation to see the entire country with only three radiotherapy equipment, adding that those three alone cannot serve the entire country.
Okeji said due to the alarming rate of cancer in the country, there is need to have radiotherapy machines in every hospital.
In his words, "We are willing as professionals to help government reach out to the rural areas and we have the requisite personnel to do that but the equipment are lacking which includes Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan and radiotherapy,” he said.
He also called on the radiographers to always abide by the ethics of the profession while carrying out their duties.
On his part, the chairman, Association of Radiographers in Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory branch, Emma Ngwu, said it was unfortunate that the average Nigerian citizen cannot afford MRI scan, CT scan, CATLAB, PET scan, or radiotherapy treatment which was not very good for the country’s growing populace.
He called on government to ensure that more CT scans and MRI scans were installed in every government hospital to allow competition within the industry with the aim to subsidize the cost of the investigations for average Nigerian students among others.