FCTA moves to curb medical tourism 


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Thursday  pledged to provide necessary support for the successful completion and operation of the African Medical Center of Excellence, with a view to reversing medical tourism.


The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, made this pledge during a site tour of the state of the art facility of African Medical Centre for Excellence, billed to be operational in early 2025.


Mahmoud noted that the partnership between the African Export-Import Bank and Kings College Hospital, London, to establish the 170-bed hospital was a testament to the commitment to advancing clinical care, training, and research in specialty areas such as oncology, cardiovascular services, hematology, diagnostics, and general medical services.


The minister further added: “The potential impact of this initiative in reversing medical tourism and reducing healthcare worker migration is commendable.


“I am encouraged by the prospect of over 1,000 workers being employed to support the hospital’s operations.


“Therefore, I am fully committed to ensuring that the FCTA provides the necessary support for the successful establishment and operation of the African Medical Center of Excellence.


“We are happy to see that the 6.5 hectares of land, which was donated by the FCTA, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of the host country agreement, has been developed to accommodate this hospital.”


While conducting the minister round the project, the Chief Executive Officer, African Medical Center of Excellence, Mr. Brian Deaver, commended the FCTA for the strategic partnership.