Alliance Hospital mulls medical varsity, NMA tasks FG on private hospital funding 

A call has gone to the federal government to fund and collaborate with private health care providers in the country to advance healthcare delivery and curb the lingering medical tourism trends.

President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Professor Bala Audu, made the call during a courtesy visit to the Medical Director of Alliance Hospital, Dr. Christopher Otabor, in Abuja.

At the occasion, the renowned medical centre which has made significant strides over time also mulled the idea of a medical school to further enhance high-quality medical services in the country.

Speaking during the visit, Audu, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and current vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi state, noted that notable private institutions like Alliance Hospital have the potential to attract foreign investment and patients to Nigeria,  adding that such move will help reverse medical tourism plaguing the country.

 He said the time to promote Nigeria’s medical capabilities and its prowess in medical practices is now, urging the federal government to assist in the area of funding and cooperate with the association to make the dream realisable.

He called for greater awareness and promotion of Nigeria’s medical facilities and expertise to curb the trend of Nigerians seeking healthcare abroad.

“One of our key agendas in the Nigerian Medical Association is to ensure that Nigerians from all parts of this country receive quality health care,” Audu said.

Otabor reeled out the hospital’s achievements towards combating medical tourism, saying accessing a loan with one digit interest with or without collateral would go a long way in assisting private hospitals in the country.

As part of its readiness, the hospital, he added, was on the verge of establishing a medical university, having met the necessary criteria as required by the bodies responsible.