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Okowa seeks end to medical tourism


Senator-Ifeanyi-OkowaDELTA State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday advocated for an end to medical tourism in the country, arguing that there are state-of-the-art medical facilities in the country which the people must patronize.

Okowa made the disclosure in Warri, while commissioning the new ultra- modern wing of the Lily Hospitals. He said it was no more fashionable for Nigerians to travel outside the country for medical treatment especially with the level of the sophisticated equipment at the hospital.

According to him, “the medical equipment is breath-taking and fantastic. As an individual, I have sent people overseas for what we call medical tourism, but I don’t believe there is any need to travel out of the country for medical treatment.”

The governor, who was represented by his deputy Kingsley Otuaro, said the state government, would partner with the hospital in the training of medical workers. He noted that with the renovation work going on at the hospital, he was optimistic that the existing health situation would soon be improved upon.

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