Why I Won’t Travel Abroad For Medical Checkups, Unlike Some People — South South Fearless Governor Wike Reacts To Buhari’s London Trip
Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, claims that he does not need to travel abroad for medical care because all he requires is already available at the Government House Clinic, which his administration built.
Wike announced this during a courtesy visit to the Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday by a delegation from the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council.
The governor urged the council to avoid playing politics with the approved quota for medical and dental schools in Nigeria, especially the Rivers State University College of Medical Sciences, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri.
“The health-care system in Nigeria needs very serious attention,” Wike was quoted as saying. It’s a shame that we’re in this condition. I’m not going to make any judgments on people who are traveling for medical reasons. For the past two years, I have not traveled.
“Why do we have to travel when we have all of these things right here?” We have everything we need to make it happen. Why would I go out to do my search (overseas) when Government House has everything I need?
“I don’t need it. All I’ll need to take any test is in this room. We have what we have. “How come we can’t give it to our people?”
The governor went on to say that his government will sign a contract to establish a cancer and cardiovascular disease facility.
His remark came as President Muhammadu Buhari left the country for a medical checkup in London, just days before the country’s doctors are set to go on strike over low pay and benefits.
Buhari had left the country on Tuesday for the United Kingdom on “routine medical leave,” according to the Presidency.
The President is scheduled to return to the country in the second week of April 2021, according to a statement from his Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
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