By Ada Anioji
The Chief Medical Director, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Prof.Victor Adetiloye has urged the Federal government to put a total end to the uncontrolled run of medical tourism in the country saying if wealthy Nigerians can assist people with problems in the hospitals in the country all the prevailing problems will be solved.
The CMD noted that in the last one year, Nigeria has lost over 250 billion to medical tourism while calling on the federal government to urgently seek solution to this in other to save the country’s resources.
He was speaking against the backdrop of the fact that only recently, the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital , Ile Ife recorded breakthroughs in six open heart surgeries for children within the age one to three years.
The CMD said this while addressing the Management and Consultants Surgeon who performed the Operation in Ile-Ife, Osun state.
The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, who is also a consultant Radiologist, Professor Victor Adetiloye said the success was recorded due to a partnership between the Hospital and the Cardiac Eye Foundation International.
Professor Adetiloye also stressed that the Congenital Heart Disease problem is currently rampant in the country because heart disease problems are discovered every day on younger people.
He commended the medical team and the management of the hospital because of the huge financial involvement in the treatment of the problem.
The Medical Director noted that surgeries entail critical observations and the careful selection of personnel for the operation.
He stressed that by July this year another Four Open Heart Surgeries will be performed by the hospital with the same team of surgeons.
Professor Adetiloye made it clear that the hospital has mapped out strategies for another batch of 20 patients while calling on Nigerians to came to the aid of people with heart problems saying the federal or state governments cannot do it alone, as the cost is not easy.
He commended the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi for donating to the hospital for taking care of the less privileged one in the society.
In his remarks, the Head of the Cardiac Eye Foundation International, Professor Maqsood Elahi who is a pediatric cardiac surgeon called on individuals to assist children with congenital heart diseases because of the huge amount involved.