Investments in top medical aid and therefore the overall healthcare sector in Nigeria is about to birth during a ll|one amongst|one in every of”> one among “the fastest growth areas in a resurgent Nigerian economy”, consistent with vice chairman Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof Osinbajo stated this today during his virtual remarks at the official unveiling of the Evercare Hospital in Lekki, Lagos.
Evercare Hospital, a part of the Evercare Group, operates as an integrated health care delivery platform in emerging markets across Africa and South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and Nigeria. The international group has put aside a $1billion healthcare fund.
“The business case for more high quality medical aid in Nigeria has always seemed quite obvious, but i feel the very fact that the Evercare Health Fund, (a US$ 1 billion emerging markets healthcare fund) has chosen to take a position in healthcare in Nigeria, clearly confirms even to the best skeptics that we are seeing the birth of what could become during a ll|one amongst|one in every of”> one among the fastest growth areas in a resurgent Nigerian economy,” Prof. Osinbajo submitted.
Speaking on the importance of getting such a clinic in Nigeria, the vice chairman observed that “we must reverse the trend of outbound medical tourism” and there’s the necessity to “attract, not just medical tourists from our neighbors within the region, but also become the place of choice for even developed countries’ medical tourists looking to leap long queues for specialised procedures reception .”
He also emphasized that the emergence of the Evercare Hospital would cause a U-turn within the drain of medical personnel trained in Nigeria who are engaged in hospitals abroad due to better remuneration and better facilities.
Noting the peculiarity of things in Nigeria in terms of accessibility to healthcare, Prof Osinbajo acknowledged that “we have far and away the most important number of middle-to-low income communities and individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa who require affordable, top quality healthcare.”
The vice chairman expressed his optimism and excitement within the facility with “first-of-its-kind-purpose-built, 165-bed state-of-the-art international private hospital, that gives an in depth range of specialty medical and surgical services.” He also expressed his pleasure at the very fact that “in addition to its local world class personnel, the hospital will leverage technology to consult international specialists across the 29 hospitals and 16 clinics currently in its portfolio.”
According to the vice chairman “we are certainly set for exciting times within the Nigerian healthcare story.”
In his own remarks, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, commended the management of the hospital for his or her collaboration with citizens of Lagos, local and foreign investors in building a first-class edifice catering to the people.
Others present at the event were the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budgeting, Mr. Samuel Egube, Chairman of Evercare Hospital, Mr. Tosin Runsewe; Chief military officer of Evercare Hospital, Mr. Rajeev Bhandari; Chief medic of Evercare Hospital, Dr. Ayo Shonibare and other dignitaries.
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11th March, 2021