Nigerians spent a whopping $500 million (N78 billion) overseas yearly for medical treatment

Nigeria Medical Association warns about the staggering amount of money (billions)  that Nigeria is losing to foreign countries (especially India) in medical tourism.  Nigeria already facing serious brain drain now faces serious threat from medical tourism.

It is estimated that about  30% of foreign healthcare providers in the united States are from Nigeria. The number is even higher for Great Britain. While U.S and Great Britain  used to have greater share of Nigerians seeking foreign healthcare ; Indian has emerged in the recent years to outperform other countries . It is estimated that 95% of Nigerians traveling abroad for medical treatment go to India.

According to Prof. Onybuchi Chukwu, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Nigerians spent a whopping $500 million (N78 billion) overseas yearly for medical treatment.

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