The Nigerian-Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja is set for kidney transplant and other complex medical surgeries in Nigeria, to save Nigerians the agony and cost of overseas treatment for such ailments.
Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Mustafa Ahsen, who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja yesterday, added that wealthy Nigerians no longer have to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Ahsen said: “Why should Nigerians travel abroad for checkup, surgery and other health reasons when we can handle them all here?
“You are sick and you want to travel abroad for treatment. When you are travelling, you get sicker. There are a lot of instances where people die before they could arrive overseas for treatment.
Even in recent times, we all heard of a very eminent public figure that died on the way to a foreign hospital.
“Travelling abroad for medical treatment constitutes a financial burden. When you travel, you will pay for flight tickets and visa, you will pay hotel bills and all that. But here, you only concern yourself with fees for treatment. So we are here to save that money and that life.”
Speaking on other treatments available at the hospital, the Medical Director said the facility is unique, with a wide range of services cutting across various departments.
“We are unique with all the departments we started here.
Particularly, we are a foremost hospital in kneecap and hip joint replacement, open heart surgery and laparoscopy; where we operate on a patient without cutting him or opening his body. We are unique with that. We will continue to invest in higher technology,” he stated.
Ahsen revealed that over $2 million (over N3 billion) had been invested in the hospital and more funds are being invested in certain critical departments, stressing that there would be no ceiling on investment in the facility.
He said: “In the next five months, we will be investing another $2 million. Our plan is not to invest too massively and become passive afterwards. We want to continue to invest.”
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