By Tunde Sanni
The former Chairman, Governing Council of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Emeritus Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, Emeritus Professor Oluwole Akande and Emeritus Professor Okechukwu Mbonu, among others, converged in Ibadan and decried in strong terms, “the mentality of Nigerian elites, especially public officials and top civil servants who take delight in foreign medical trips to the detriment of promoting the national health systems.”
The trio of Akinkugbe,, Akande who is the Chairman, Presidential Project Implementation Committee on the Rehabilitation of Federal Universities Teaching Hospitals, and Mbonu who is the former Vice-Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University bared their minds on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting of Premier Medicaid International and the formal launching of Retail Health Insurance Scheme (RHIS), a new product from the organization which is a notable Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The ceremony which took place at The Hypertension Clinic, Iyaganku, Ibadan drew health practitioners from different parts of the country including the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Premier Medicaid International, Dr. Kayode Obembe.
The former chairman of the UCH Governing Council who presided at the forum specifically challenged Nigeria’s policy makers, particularly the politicians and top civil servants to change their negative mentality of overseas medical trip at the slightest medical ailment because of the drain on the country’s finances.
Aside, such trips have been a slight on the medics in the country, boasting that the country boasts of the best medical personnel in the world.
“It is high time we change this mentality of our people. They must lead the way in salvaging our national pride, in all its ramifications. And only patriotism is needed to achieve this,” Professor Akinkugbe said.
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