Former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo, is collaborating with the Nigerian Lottery Regulatory Commission to raise N5 billion for his foundation’s cardiac centre in Abuja.
Speaking yesterday during the fund raising lottery logo unveiling meant to build a forty bed capacity international standard health facility in Abuja, he lamented that medical tourism is gradually killing the health sector in Nigeria, even as he added that the country is losing billions to other countries.
Nwankwo, who is also the founder of Kanu Heart Foundation, said such monies could be invested into the health sector and improve its present deplorable condition thereby restoring confidence in its personnel.
According to him, about 450 patients have been flown abroad for various heart treatments and millions of naira have gone into the coffers of other countries instead of Nigerian’s economy.
He called on other well to do Nigerians to support his cause and vision.
Earlier, a chief consultant pediatrician/pediatric cardiologist, National Hospital, Abuja, Dr Iretiola Bosede Babaniyi, pointed out that the country has only 168 registered cardiologists in Nigeria, which according to her, is too small to cater for the increasing cases of heart diseases.