The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, has commended the Mabo Foundation/Nigerian American Public Affairs Committee, NAPAC, USA, for giving back to the country through its humanitarian gesture.
NIDCOM Chairman, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the commendation in Lagos after a medical facility tour with NAPAC group in conjunction with the Oncology Unit of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.
A statement by the Director of Media and Public Relations, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the group was led by Dr. Toyin Opesanmi and Dr. Eniola Ogunmefun of NAPAC, Mabo Foundation.
While acknowledging the efforts of the group, the NIDCOM chairman welcomed the initiatives of Nigerians in diaspora especially in the area of medical mission.
Dabiri-Erewa, who was excited about the exploits of Nigerians across the globe, said harnessing their potentials would be a major catalyst for national development and, in this instance, arrest medical tourism in the country.
Earlier, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, LUTH, Prof. W. L. Adeyemo, representing the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Chris Bode, welcomed the group and informed them of the upgrade of the health infrastructures at the Hospital Complex and the activities of the personnel as well.
According to the statement, both Opeyemi and Ogunmefun expressed their willingness to collaborate with the Cancer Unit of LUTH on the treatment of indigent patients; donation of modern equipment to ease treatment of patients and further training of doctors on the treatment of cancer.
It noted that they said the major aim of the initiative was to give back to the country and help the humanity in the area of medical field.
The event was also attended by Dr. Yewande Oshodi, Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Ayodeji Oluwole, Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee Clinical Services, Dr Habeeb Mohammed Yakubu, HOD radiotherapy, LUTH Lead Oncology, NSIA Cancer Centre and Dr. Adeseye Akinsete, Paediatric Ematology/Oncology LUTH.
Also in attendance were Mr. Adegoke kehinde, Deputy Director Clinical pathology laboratory services and Collaborative researcher with NAPAC/Mabo Foundation, Mrs Temitope Vanlary, Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist and a collaborative Researcher with NAPAC/Mabo Foundation, Dr Adewunmi Alabi, Consultant Clinical and Radiation Oncologist NSIA LUTH cancer center, and Dr Tomi Kogo, Clinical Services Manager NSIA LUTH cancer center.
“The management of the hospital took Dr Dabiri-Erewa and the team round the hospital facilities which include the Dialysis Department, the Pediatric Department, the NSIA LUTH Cancer Center and the Hospital Labour room Facilities.
“One of the major discovery was the availability of the State of the Art equipment at the Oncology Unit and very neat environment at all the units visited.
“This development has led to Reversed Medical Tourism as the Cancer Unit now receives more patients from US, UK and other countries because the treatment cost is cheaper; availability of modern equipment and proximity to Family Support for patients.
More patients now prefer to treat the ailment locally, thus stemming the tide of Medical Tourism,” the statement said.