Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has charged government at all levels to provide access to quality and affordable healthcare services to reduce the rate of medical tourism among citizen as such act is no longer fashionable.
He made this charge while receiving board members of Lily Hospitals. Warri and Benin centers who were on a courtesy visit to his office.
Governor Obaseki revealed his administration concluded plans to begin construction of 20 technology driven Primary Healthcare Centers ac4oss the state to achieve this aim.
“It is no longer fashionable for Nigerians to continue to travel abroad for medical treatment. Therefore, it is important for government to provide access to quality and affordable healthcare services for the people in the country.
“As a government, our strategy is to use the state Health Insurance Scheme to provide access to quality and affordable healthcare for Edo people. We are working with healthcare providers and consultants to re-think the state healthcare system to complement other economic development initiatives.
“This month, the state government will roll out the first 20 primary healthcare centres. The plan is to ensure equitable distribution of healthcare centres across the state in the next 20 to 30 months. With this, we will be certain that at least one primary healthcare centre is sited in each ward across the state. We intend to construct between 200 to 250 PHCs in the state.”