Indian hospitals are jostling to establish presence in Nigeria, Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Mahesh Sachedev, has said.Sachedev said this while speaking with newsmen at a two-day conference and exhibition which opened in Abuja on Monday. The theme of the conference is, India – Medical Tourism and Wellness Destination.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The High Commissioner said the establishment of more Indian hospitals in the country would help to broaden access of citizens to healthcare and reduce the increasing tendency of medical tourism.
About 30 Indian hospitals and healthcare organisations participated at the opening session of the conference and exhibition.
Sachedev said, “This is something we are very keen on. To me, even a healthy person travelling to India feels tired, fatigued, and jetlagged after 7, 000 kilometres; from Abuja to Lagos, Lagos to Dubai and from Dubai to Delhi. Visa has to be obtained and currency has to be exchanged. Hotels, taxi drivers, food, hospitals, all required to be accommodated. Even for normal persons these are considerable exercises. These could be tiresome endeavours.
“These could be reduced by opening more hospitals in Nigeria by all stakeholders and healthcare providers. We are also short of medical care persons. So we will like to appeal to Indian entrepreneurs, local doctors or Nigerian doctors working abroad to join hands and put up healthcare facilities in Nigeria.”