Medical Tourism Challenge: The Rivers Initiative – Could That be The Answer?

Gov Amechi

Rivers State government under the leadership of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi aimed to transform its state into a hub of African Medical Tourism.  The administration plans to reverse the out pour of medical tourism from Nigeria that cost the country staggering billions. Part of the plan includes upgrading its current health facilities across the state to be up to par with both technology and  infrastructure; while the main strategy for becoming the medical tourism destination for Nigerians and all Africans falls behind the two world class medical facilities with the state of the art equipment and technology that is first of its kind in the Sub-Saharan Africa. The Kelsey Harrison Hospital, and the Dental/Maxillo-Facial Specialist Hospital, both in Port Harcourt.

According to the National Coordinator of International Trauma Care Centre (ITCC), Dr. Sydney Ibeanusi,“these facilities are equipped to handle critical various critical medical conditions” Dr. Ibeanusi continued that once these medical centers are fully open for service, “Rivers State will become a tourism destination for Nigerians seeking medical care as many would prefer coming here than going abroad for similar quality of care” He then added that both knee surgeries and MRI imaging that lure most Nigerians to medical tourism are now conveniently and successfully done here in Port Harcourt.


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