By Patience Ihejirika, Abuja
The medical director, Alliance Hospital, Dr Christopher Otabor, has expressed optimism that the trend of travelling abroad for medical reasons will soon became history in the country.
Otabor, who stated this in an interview with LEADERSHIP, said the development is due to the fact that a few hospitals in the country have now recognised the need to upgrade their facilities to international standard including engaging expertise.
He acknowledged the Alliance hospital as one of such facilities in the country, giving it’s tract record in its years of operation which has given it an edge in the industry.
According to him, aside the fact that the hospital carries out over 100 joint replacement annually, it also specialises in other health issues that mostly take people abroad such as orthopaedics and trauma, cardiovascular issues, brain and spine issues among others.
“yes, we do a lot of things that people go abroad to do, we have a lot of expertise here. We carry over 100 joint Replacement in a year, that is a lot, if you multiply that by $10,000, you will know how much they would have spent in a year, he said.
Otabor also disclosed that the Alliance hospital is set to carry out its first kidney transplant in January 2018.
He however identified the financial implication involved in carrying out kidney transplant as s challenge adding that it is still far cheaper here in the country than travelling abroad.
Otabor also linked the reduction in medical tourism on the present economic situation in the country
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