The Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has called on wealthy Nigerians to refrain from seeking medical care from abroad.
Mrs. Fayemi said this while praising the multi-system Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), noting that it is on par with what is obtainable in India, United States, Britain and other foreign countries.
The First Lady reiterated this on Monday, at her office in Ado-Ekiti while playing host to the family of Miss Precious Sodeinde, who was recently treated at ABUTH of brain tumour.
According to Bisi, the operation on the 13-year-old was done at the cost of N3 million.
“I am pleased that the operation was successful. At times, you will spend money on sickness, but money might fail. There was a case of a two-year-old hole-in-the -heart boy. We paid a sum of N2 million, but the boy died before the surgery. There was another lady who was already slated for surgery but died a day before the operation despite all we spent. I had to donate the money to the family.”
“Based on the information I heard, the experts before the operation on Precious were sure of a successful surgery, but not really sure of her regaining her sight or seeing clearly again. But today, the young girl can see perfectly, because the experts did a great job.”
“I feared that her situation wouldn’t be like those failed operations that we had witnessed. I thank the experts for doing a great job. They have shown expertise and conviction that Ekiti can be a destination for good healthcare delivery in Nigeria.”
“With ABUTH in existence, Nigerians don’t need to go to India, USA or other advanced nations for medical treatment. Rather than travelling abroad, I call on them to come to ABUTH “, she said.