There are quite a number of things I don’t quite understand about the way we go about issues in Nigeria, not because things are all muddled up but because sometimes it appears that instead of facing the problem and work it out, we sometimes stuck in the old rotten way while we keep wishing that the change will happen on its own and everything will be just perfect without actively putting system into place and stick to it.
Nigeria with all its wahala without a doubt has good numbers of trained doctors in different fields. To begin with, it has always baffled me why politicians especially, choose to travel out of the country each time they are sick – even some would choose to go abroad (basically anywhere as long as it is not Nigeria) to do their routine check-ups.
I think this is probably beyond absence specialised Nigeria doctors – even if one can not be found at home, I would think out of the 8,000 doctors between the UK and the US of A alone, there is bound to be at least a few who can treat the president’s ear infection. It is hard to believe none of our teaching hospitals and handful of well-run private hospitals has the right diagnostic machine fit for president’s use.
Mr Buhari come across as someone who is not a high maintenance, he seems comfortable in his skin, and I would think he is patriotic so his medical trip to London isn’t to show off or belittle Nigeria doctors, actually, from my experience in the city, he is very likely to be treated by a Nigerian or someone with Nigeria blood – whispering “baba go slow, you dey hear me?” in London.
I think our politicians insisting on going oversea for medical treatment boils down to complete lack of trust. They are scared of what is really not there and it is just plain silly now. I don’t believe that we can not get a medical team vetted to provide needed care for the president, it is a shame as no one seems to want to take that big leap of faith and just run with the fact that people can be trusted.
Anyway, I wish Baba Go Slow quick recovery but sad that we still have to ré ìsun dà sínú ibú (empty pond into the sea) for politicians’ medicare.
Or what else can be the reason for addictive medical tourism?