Poor funding,dearth of equipment militate against reducing medical tourism- UBTH CMD

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The authorities of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on Monday attributed the inability of the hospital to stem the tide of medical tourism in the country to lack of financial resources and equipment.

Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the teaching hospital, Darlington Obaseki, said this at a press briefing to reel out activities lined up for the institution’s Inaugural Founders’ Day celebration with the theme, “Stymieing outward medical tourism in Nigeria: The responsibility and opportunity before teaching hospitals”.

The lecture is to be delivered by Peter Ozua, a UK-based consultant in pathology, and the first president of the UK alumni association of University of Benin graduates.

Obaseki, who said the occasion would be used to launch an endowment for the hospital, noted that the institution was blessed with world-class medical professionals that could compete favourably with their colleagues in the developed world.

“The main objective of the founding fathers of the hospital was to attract other people to come from other countries and regions to seek medical care. But to that extent we are not ashamed to say we have not been able to do that. We have not been able to attract patients from other country to seek medical attention in the hospital.

“Most people go outside the country to access healthcare that we should ordinary be providing. The reason was not because of lack of manpower. We have personnel that have been trained outside the country to do open-heart surgery.

We also have neurologists to do renal transplant, among others. We have the skilled manpower that we need but the challenge is the lack of fund and equipment. That is what is resulting to this endowment.

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