By Ikenna Uwadileke
The House of Representatives has commenced course of on a regulation that might discourage medical tourism embarked by some public workplace holders.
The Bill sponsored by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP) seeks to ban worldwide journeys for medical therapy by public officers with out approval and strengthen well being establishments for environment friendly service supply.
Ogun stated on Wednesday that the invoice comprising of 13 clauses was necessitated by the necessity to tackle the abuse of alternatives by public officers who search medical therapy overseas.
“These abuses are many, on the pretext of fabricated medical circumstances, many public officers merely disappear from Nigeria and abdicate their duties for prolonged intervals whereas their emoluments are paid for the interval.
“Nigeria can be paying the payments for his or her medical excursions.
“Even those that haven’t fabricated their circumstances abandon their official duties on account of illnesses that may be handled in Nigeria.
“It is claimed that a whole lot of Nigerians day by day embark on medical excursions to international locations in Europe, America and Asia; a large number of these Nigerians are public officers,’’ Ogun stated.
He stated that “Pharmanews’ quoted the 2014 Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) annual report as stating that the Indian High Commission confirmed that Indian hospitals acquired 18,000 Nigerians on medical visa in 2012.
“And these Nigerians spent about $260million on these journeys in a single 12 months
“This offers us an image of what Nigeria as a nation has sunk general into medical excursions by public officers and their equipment and kin.
“There is pressing must curtail this anomaly,’’ the lawmaker added.
The invoice is predicted to come back up for second studying and debate on its basic ideas.