Osahon Enabulele, a former president of the Nigerian Medical Association and Vice President of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA), has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to London to treat an ear infection as a disgrace.
Enabulele wrote in an open letter to the president: “This foreign medical trip flies in the face of the government’s declaration to halt medical tourism, which by the end of 2013 has led to capital flight of about $1bn.”
The move was “a tragic blot on Nigeria’s collective professional and national image”.
“I see no reason why, in 2016, Mr President could not have stayed back in Nigeria to attend to his ear infection.”
“Records show that in last year alone, 637 medical doctors emigrated due largely to poor working conditions and health facilities, insecurity, unpredictable and poor funding, uncompetitive wages and job dissatisfaction.”
“As a trained medical specialist, I believe that those ENT specialists and medical experts, and many others in Nigeria, who handled my situation then are skilled enough, and with the right equipment in place can handle any complicated ENT problem in Nigeria.”