Atiku Must Tread With Cau­tion, Medical Prac­ti­tioner Warns

THISDAY - - NEWS - Kuni Tyessi in Abuja

An Abuja-based medical prac­ti­tioner, Dr. Bio­dun Ogungbo has called on for­mer Vice-Pres­i­dent and pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant, Atiku Abubakar to tread with cau­tion over the sealed part­ner­ship with SaudiGer­man Hospi­tal, Dubai, to es­tab­lish a world class medical fa­cil­ity in Abuja.

Ogungbo who stated this in a state­ment made avail­able to THISDAY, said the move will not be in the best in­ter­est of Nige­ri­ans as the fa­cil­ity will be­come a re­fer­ral cen­tre. And con­duit ex­ploita­tion which will fur­ther pro­mote medical tourism to Dubai for ex­pen­sive medical treat­ment.

While com­mend­ing the ini­tia­tive of the for­mer Vi­cePres­i­dent, which is ex­pected to build a 100-bed­ded hospi­tal, Ogungbo fur­ther dis­closed that such part­ner­ships based on an­tecedents will not be in­ter­ested in build­ing lo­cal ca­pac­ity or trans­fer knowl­edge and en­hance lo­cal health­care de­liv­ery but will by­pass weak reg­u­la­tions and con­trol sys­tems us­ing po­lit­i­cal clout for fi­nan­cial in­duce­ments. He said: “Open­ing up the Nige­rian health­care space and health­care prac­ti­tion­ers to un­safe com­pe­ti­tion will do noth­ing to re­verse medical tourism. In­stead, it will ac­cel­er­ate it, mak­ing life even more dif­fi­cult for Nige­rian doc­tors and Nige­ri­ans as a whole.

“SGH is not in­ter­ested in build­ing lo­cal ca­pac­ity other­wise they will act as for­eign tech­ni­cal part­ners to Nige­rian hos­pi­tals, to trans­fer knowl­edge and en­hance lo­cal health­care de­liv­ery. Part­ner­ing with a politi­cian shows dis­dain for our doc­tors and lo­cal health­care prac­ti­tion­ers. It will al­low SGH to by­pass our weak reg­u­la­tions and con­trol sys­tems us­ing po­lit­i­cal clout and fi­nan­cial in­duce­ments. It will not help the Nige­rian you wish to serve. “In­stead, it will help SGH make Nige­ria great to pil­lage Nige­ria! Gov­ern­ments all over the world put their com­mu­ni­ties first. They en­sure pro­tec­tion of lo­cal con­tent and cur­tail un­bri­dled cap­i­tal­ism by for­eign­ers. They put sys­tems and reg­u­la­tions in place to pro­tect the lo­cal econ­omy. It is only in Nige­ria that politi­cians and gov­ern­ment do not en­sure lo­cal busi­nesses and prac­ti­tion­ers are not dis­ad­van­taged by un­fair com­pe­ti­tion. “This deal the SGH is seek­ing is the clas­sic fun­nelling tech­nique that has been used in the past by other cow­boys. It has been used against the UAE by Lon­don hos­pi­tals through tech­ni­cal jar­gon like ’joint ven­ture’,” he said.

Fur­ther­more, he lamented that “The Aso Rock Clinic or State House Medical Cen­tre is an­other hospi­tal that has not demon­strated fit­ness for pur­pose.

“We have the money and have spent loads on these and sim­i­lar hos­pi­tals all over the coun­try. To re­ally im­prove things, we need to im­prove lo­cal treat­ment for trust and con­fi­dence in health­care prac­tice in Nige­ria. We need to part­ner with hos­pi­tals and or­gan­i­sa­tions that will train lo­cal health­care prac­ti­tion­ers work in Nige­ria,” he added.

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