The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has condemned the practice of flying Nigerian Presidents abroad for medical attention, stressing that the trend diminishes the image of the country.
Fashola stated this at the commissioning of the 60-bed ultra-modern Cardiac and Renal Centre (CRC) located within the Gbagada General Hospital complex, yesterday, the 18th March. He said that flying the late former President, Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua to Saudi Arabia when he became critically ill to manage his kidney ailment remains the low point in Nigeria’s history.
We could have built one with all the petrol Dollars. The Federal Government does not understand that it diminishes our image every time that the head of government travels abroad for medical care.
Governor Fashola also stated that in most countries the best hospitals are military hospitals where the President gets treatment, adding that Nigeria’s military hospitals used to be like that.
What is the ailment that a Nigerian President goes to treat abroad that a Nigerian hospital built by him cannot handle?
Governor Fashola, who predicted that the Cardiac and Renal Centre (CRC) will attract medical tourism from across West Africa into Lagos, also revealed plans to set up a cancer centre within the complex if All Progressives Congress (APC) stays in power in the state through its gubernatorial flagbearer, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Fashola urged Lagosians to pay their tax in other to allow the growth of the state.