Medical tourism in West Africa - Nigeria, Ghana

 

As part of efforts to develop medical tourism in Cross River, Nigeria, the state government and a consortium of US-based hospital development experts, led by OMMA Healthcare, have agreed to build a world class state-of-the-art hospital in Calabar.

Cross River State governor Liyel Imoke says that this is part of the state’s vision of providing an affordable health care delivery service to its citizens. The state intends to remodel its health facilities and services including full compliance with international standards. The Governor explained that the state took time to identify competent partners that share its vision based on its competence and capacity, stating that they intend to provide services that are now being provided outside Nigeria.

The aim is to stop Nigerians travelling outside the country for medical treatment .The hospital would be for Cross Riverians, other Nigerians, and people from other countries across the West African Sub region where healthcare availability is poor.

Colorado, USA, based OMMA Healthcare, will develop a modern, state of the art hospital in Calabar. The company has wide experience of developing healthcare projects in the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Latin America, Central Europe, and Asia. Rees Associates has over 30 years experience in hospital design and is a regular partner of OMMA.The aim is to plan, programme and design a highly efficient and functional US standard hospital. Construction work will begin soon on a site near to Calabar Energy City, and will take three years

And in Ghana, Dr. Felix Anyaa of Holy Trinity Medical Centre (HTMC) in Accra wants the government to consider health tourism as Ghana has expertise in heart operations and spinal surgery. He says that while it costs$100,000 in the USA for cardio surgery, it cost just $10,000 in Ghana to have the same surgery. HTMC is a private 60-bed hospital, dental clinic and spa. Anyya argues that if medical business is well promoted as a tourism product, the country would benefit tremendously and earn much-needed foreign exchange.

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