Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Chairman/CEO Abike Dabiri-Erewa has ensured that Nigeria’s healthcare system will ultimately become a hub for medical tourism, stating that significant investment is being made for a value of 700 million dollars to develop the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. center in the country.
According to the Chief of NIDCOM, the health center will be built in the country, through the establishment of the Africa Medical Center for Excellence (AMCE).
Abike Dabiri-Erewa said this in Abuja while receiving Mr. Brian Deaver, the CEO of AMCE and his team, who recently paid a courtesy visit to his office, a statement issued by the Head of Media Unit, Public Relations and NiDCOM protocols, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said.
Noting that a number of Nigerian professionals in the healthcare industry were beginning to invest in the sector in Nigeria, the former lawmaker said that with the volume of medical facilities planned for the center, it will go a long way in reducing the brain drain from medical professionals. and a game changer in medical tourism.
Dabiri-Erewa added that having NiDCOM on board as a partner will help attract Nigerian medical staff working in the diaspora to take advantage of their expertise and capacity building.
“With the assembly of this wonderful team, I am optimistic that the project is already a great success. Therefore, I assure you of our support and collaboration in this regard, ”he said.
He added that if the vision and mission of the project are fully implemented as envisioned, it will not only renew the current state of Nigeria’s healthcare sector, but will make Nigeria a destination hub for medical tourism.
She, however, advised that there must be provision for the treatment of the less privileged in society, so that the facilities are for all categories of humanity.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa took the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Aisha Umar, AMCE’s Chief Medical Officer, on her latest appointment, describing her as one of the best in healthcare.
The Head of NiDCOM assured the willingness of the Commission to work with the AMCE group, since a Technical Committee will be created for this purpose.
Earlier, Mr. Brian Deaver, CEO of AMCE, who introduced his team of experts, said that the project is a world-class medical service center aimed at providing efficient medical care in Nigeria, especially in treatment related to the cancer and cardiovascular
According to him, the establishment of the Center in Nigeria will reverse the flow of external medical tourism, estimated at six billion dollars annually.
With the project underway in Nigeria, Deaver said more than 1,000 Nigerian medical and non-medical staff will be recruited.
He said the center will be one of many world-class cancer diagnostic and treatment centers to be built in Nigeria with more than $700 million in financial support from an Afrexim bank.
Speaking to the same effect, Dr Aisha Umar, AMCE’s chief medical officer, said the group has been excited to partner with Africa in delivering healthcare with the pilot business in Abuja, Nigeria over the next two years, in addition to to provide excellent training. for medical personnel.