THE first exhibition of healthcare facilities and services to showcase the Nigerian based hospital facilities, services and professionals to the general public will take off next week, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.
The exhibition is scheduled for Abuja and would run from October 21 to October 23, 2014 in Abuja.
It is organized by the Federal Ministry of Health in partnership with the Guild of Medical Directors, the Association of the General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, the Medical and Laboratory Scientists Council of Nigeria, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and James Daniel Consulting.
Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, said in Abuja yesterday that the exhibition would showcase available world class medical facilities, services and personnel that can take care of any health related problems in Nigerian citizens.
The objective of the exhibition, he noted, s to launch Nigeria as an emerging regional healthcare destination and also promote Nigeria as a preferred destination for domestic patient.
Chukwu urged Nigerians to believe in the capability of the Nigerian health professionals especially with the success registered by Nigeria in the containment of Ebola Virus Disease.
He said: “The major objective of this exhibition is to launch Nigeria as an emerging regional healthcare destination and to promote Nigeria as a preferred destination for domestic patient and a hub for regional medical tourism seeking high quality and cost effective procedures and treatments.
“In view of the foregoing, Federal Tertiary Health Institutions, relevant state government hospitals, private hospitals, diagnostic centers, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies from across the country will be expected to showcase the available infrastructure, services along with the location of their various healthcare facilities to Nigerians” stated Chukwu.
Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute in a welcome address stressed that the programme would ultimately place Nigeria on the pedestal of achieving delivery of quality health services to Nigeria citizens.
He urged the public, stakeholders and the media to plan to witness the “positive trend”, which he said would assist Nigeria in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
by EMEKA ANUFORO
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