National hospital offers free medical services to FCT community
The National Hospital, Abuja has provided free medical services to residents of Kuchigoro Community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Jaf Momoh, told journalists in Abuja yesterday that the outreach was part of activities to mark the Medical Center’s 20th year anniversary.
The medical outreach covered status check up, provision of drugs, personal hygiene, and counseling for pregnant women, among others.
Momoh revealed that the gesture was aimed at bringing healthcare services closer to the people in the rural communities, adding that from 1999 when the hospital was established, it had treated over 2.3 million patients, performed 446, 951 radio-diagnostics, recorded 29,065 live births and successfully carried out 50, 249 operations.
He noted that the hospital has the best radiotherapy centre nationwide with two functional radiotherapy machines, where cancer treatment could be done and wondered why Nigerians still travel abroad for medical tourism when their ailments could be successfully treated in the hospital at a more affordable price.
“I think going abroad for treatment of cancer is not necessary. Cancer requires early diagnoses. Here in Nigeria, the cost of treatment is highly subsidised. We charge less than 10 per cent of the over $10,000 our people spend overseas.
“I feel people go for medical tourism abroad due to their choice. Our equipment here are in good condition and they have been used efficiently as we have treated no fewer than 500 cancer patients,” he stated.
Momoh reiterated the centre’s commitment to achieving quality healthcare through training and retraining of its staff members to achieve the best service delivery.