The president of the Nigeria Medical Association, Mike Ogrima, has debunked claims that Nigerian doctors could not treat President Muhammadu Buhari, prompting him to seek medical attention abroad, reports Premium Times.
Recall President Buhari had departed Nigeria on Monday for a 10-day vacation during which he will see an E.N.T specialist for a persistent ear infection. Read here if you missed.
Following news of the President’s intention to seek medical treatment abroad, Nigerians aired their displeasure especially since his government had forbidden similar trips by government officials except in critical cases. More importantly, many are of the opinion that there are capable specialists within the shores of the country and failed to see why the President was seeking medical treatment elsewhere.
The NMA however, through Mr. Ogrima, a professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, maintain that the president’s health condition could have been managed within the country.
Speaking with journalists in Jos on Thursday, Ogrima disclosed that Nigerian medical personnel could handle the president’s health challenge.
“We have 250 TNC surgeon doctors all over Nigeria, capable of handling the health challenge President Muhammadu Buhari is being faced with,” he said.
The NMA president however said most hospitals in the country lacked basic equipment to carry out the treatment, stressing “maybe the equipment will not be available for treatment, but we have qualified TNC surgeon doctors”.
He said the decision of the president to travel on medical vacation was given by his personal doctor.
He said there was nothing wrong for the president’s personal physician to recommend that he should travel overseas for further medical attention.
“We do not know the reason for his referral to UK for treatment because the present administration had made clear that it was not in support of Nigerians seeking medical attention outside the country,” the NMA president said.
Commenting on quackery in the medical profession, Mr. Ogrima said professional doctors who contravened rules of medical practice risked being jailed and banned from practicing.
Written by Olufunke Edidi
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