No need to leave? FG warns Nigerian doctors to stop referring patients abroad

by Lekan Olanrewaju

The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed doctors in federal tertiary hospitals to stop referring patients abroad. The Minister of Health, professor Onyebuchi Chukwu on Thursday gave the directive while speaking at the 67th Meeting of the Association of Chief Executives of Federal Tertiary Hospitals in Nigeria, ACEFTH, and warned that doctors would be sanctioned if they sent patients abroad for ailments which can be handled in Nigeria.

“Sometimes we are wasteful with our prescriptions,” he said.

“So many people travel abroad because of their ignorance, they are not aware of such services in Nigeria. Management of the government hospitals should uphold medical standards and discipline in their hospitals.”

“No country in the world has it all,” he continued. “But every country is making efforts to be self-sufficient as much as possible. Nigeria hopes to be self-sufficient in the health sector and we are going to achieve it.”

He also urged medical professionals to continue to work hard, as citizens of the country, and the president expect such from them. “From whom much is given, much is expected,” he said. “Nigerians expect best services from you and Mr. President also expect no less from you. Medical practice demands much more standards than other sectors. We have to do all to meet the standards. I want to urge the CMDs and CEOs to ensure that their managements are up to the task. We must go by all the laws on ground.”


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Comments (5)

  1. Pingback: #InCaseYouMissedIt: Federal Government to ban government officials from seeking medical attention abroad | YNaija

  2. Well when the government stops going abroad then the citizens will follow. How can you tell people to stop going abroad when the govt is notorious for it. Please let them stop telling stories when they have not offered any solutions.

  3. It is just a speech He gave so that his mouth will not be stale. Take it easy on him.

  4. Can the minister go for any check up or treatment in any Nigerian hospital? Rubbish! Everything is upside down already.

  5. I am so furious right now, I am so on the verge of insulting this minister. What!!!! Just this week, I went to a government hospital – I couldn't see a doctor. The place was stinking to the high heavens. The whole place was disorganised and rowdy on top of rudeness and insult of the staff. I had to leave and head for the nearest private clinic where I got help. Imagine if what I had was life threathening!

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