Pushing frontiers of medicare and space science

By Tajudeen Kareem and Remi Adebayo

 

Modern science and research are increasingly giving man the chance to stay healthy and keep an ailment-free life as time could offer. In a clime like ours, where almost everything, including witches and wizards, could be blamed for bad health and frailties of the flesh, succour have come from different angles which are not limited to traditional, spiritual and medical solutions, either genuine, good, unsafe or from quacks.

 

Ask those who daily throng prayer houses for cases that simple medical attention could handle, their fears have stemmed from unreliable public health system.  When they turn to private hospitals, they are faced with costs beyond the capability of ordinary citizens, regardless of the quality of service.

 

Needless to reiterate that many precious lives have been lost to diseases and sicknesses that have been banished in most countries where governments make the provision of health care a priority service, devoid of myth and mystery.

 

However, for the limited class of the political elite and a few affluent citizens that can patronize private hospitals, they have to go the extra length to access quality medicare; sometimes having to secure an air ambulance and journey through painful hours between continents before getting proper diagnosis and treatment.

More worrisome is the depletion of the country’s scarce foreign exchange. Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, at the commissioning of the medical facilities of the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, on May 21, advised that with massive investment in modern health care facilities, the nation could save about $2 billion expended on medical tourism yearly.

 

A medical doctor, Longwap Abdulaziz Saleh, recently said that 47 percent of Nigerians who visited India in 2012 did so to get medical help. According to him, the 47 percent amounted to 18,000 persons and they spent an equivalent of N41.6 billion.  The figures are probably rising every year.

 

To close this gap, the eight-year old ABUAD recently attained yet another feat when it hosted two former leaders – Gen Gowon and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo including former and serving helmsmen at the National Universities Commission, as it unveiled four projects, among them, facilities for medical and space research.

 

Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed praised the unrivaled investments in the institution saying it has become a pride to the nation and a reference for higher education in its less than a decade’s existence as a private varsity.

 

At the commissioning of telemedicine equipment, founder of the institution, Aare Afe Babalola said the equipment is “the first in Africa and will assist our hospital in the area of ‘tele-consulting’, ‘tele-diagnosis’ and ‘tele-management’. It will enable our partners in Dubai to join us in Ekiti in performing medical service at ABUAD by proxy.”

The equipment, donated by an Indian Hospital, Aster Healthcare, under a collaboration agreement with ABUAD, entails consulting, diagnosis and management of medical conditions simultaneously by doctors in Ado Ekiti, India and Dubai through a sophisticated transmission of data, online, real time.

 

More worrisome is the depletion of the country’s scarce foreign exchange. Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, at the commissioning of the medical facilities of the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, on May 21, advised that with massive investment in modern health care facilities, the nation could save about $2 billion expended on medical tourism yearly.

 

A medical doctor, Longwap Abdulaziz Saleh, recently said that 47 percent of Nigerians who visited India in 2012 did so to get medical help. According to him, the 47 percent amounted to 18,000 persons and they spent an equivalent of N41.6 billion.  The figures are probably rising every year.

 

To close this gap, the eight-year old ABUAD recently attained yet another feat when it hosted two former leaders – Gen Gowon and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo including former and serving helmsmen at the National Universities Commission, as it unveiled four projects, among them, facilities for medical and space research.

 

Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed praised the unrivaled investments in the institution saying it has become a pride to the nation and a reference for higher education in its less than a decade’s existence as a private varsity.

 

At the commissioning of telemedicine equipment, founder of the institution, Aare Afe Babalola said the equipment is “the first in Africa and will assist our hospital in the area of ‘tele-consulting’, ‘tele-diagnosis’ and ‘tele-management’. It will enable our partners in Dubai to join us in Ekiti in performing medical service at ABUAD by proxy.”

 

The equipment, donated by an Indian Hospital, Aster Healthcare, under a collaboration agreement with ABUAD, entails consulting, diagnosis and management of medical conditions simultaneously by doctors in Ado Ekiti, India and Dubai through a sophisticated transmission of data, online, real time.

 

Tajudeen Kareem and Remi Adebayo write from Abuja.

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