Nigeria loses more than $3.5 billion annually to medical and educational tourism, according to Prof. Jesse Uneke, vice chancellor of the recently created David Nweze Umahi University of Health Sciences in Ebonyi State.
According to Uneke, the situation needed to alter since it was detrimental to the economy of the nation.
“Nigeria spends up to $2 billion annually on medical tourism, with around 75% of that amount going toward educational tourism,” he claimed. Therefore, it would greatly help to improve our economy if we had around $3.5 billion coming back into it. We have a cutting-edge teaching hospital that is a component of the university for this reason. The hospital has the best equipment you can think of and we are also having some of the best experts in various specialties at the teaching hospital.”
Uneke said the new university and its teaching hospital, which had the infrastructure and man power to produce the best health professionals for the country, was out to eradicate the situation.
He said that the university was working to establish exchange programs with several American universities that would raise the caliber of its graduates.
Uneke expressed optimism that the ASUU strike would end soon in the interest of students who were idling away at home, notwithstanding the fact that the situation was delicate.