The Nigerian government has said the country is on the way to becoming a destination for medical tourists.
The Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this when he embarked on a guided tour of the Duchess International Hospital facility located in Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The Duchess International Hospital (Duchess), a subsidiary of the Reddington Group commissioned its 72-bed multi-specialist healthcare facility, located on the corner of Harold Shodipo Crescent and Joel Ogunnaike Street in Ikeja GRA.
Construction of the Duchess facility commenced in 2016, and the project was completed in 2020, even though aesthetic works were still ongoing for some time after.
The Minister said the services coming from the facility will cut down the 500 billion naira Nigerians spend on medical tourism annually, a move that will conserve foreign reserves and increase foreign exchange.
The philosophy of the Duchess International hospital is to bring world-class health care at an affordable rate while still maintaining the elitist standard.
According to him, by so doing, the medical tourism trend will reduce in Nigeria.
Presently Medical tourists from many Sub-Saharan parts of Africa have been trooping to the facility to access medical care.
“This purpose-built, state-of-the-art, 100-bed hospital, which is aimed at delivering the highest standard of healthcare, using the most advanced technology and treatments to provide Nigerians with the best medical expertise available anywhere in the world.”