A general hospital in Adamawa that serves three local governments has only one medical doctor.
Mr. Nyako said this in Yola while receiving a traditional ruler, the Gang Wari of Ganye, Umaru Sanda, who paid him homage.
The governor said that the state government would promote health tourism by inaugurating the Adamawa-German Diagnosis Centre at Yola in 2013.
Mr. Nyako said that the development would not only improve health service delivery in the state, but also generate revenue and reduce high cost of foreign health tourism.
“Latest high medical facilities including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and laboratory diagnostics facilities are provided at the centre and will start operation very soon,” Mr. Nyako said.
He said that facilities at the centre would compete favourably with any first class hospital in the world.
“This time around, Nigerians don’t need to go to India, Egypt or anywhere else for health tourism, we have enough here,” the governor said.
Many Nigerians, particularly political office holders travel abroad for both simple and serious ailments. Some of the recent travelers to foreign countries for treatment include the Senate President, the Enugu State Governor, the Cross River State Governor, and the Nigerian First Lady.
Mr. Nyako said that the state government and the German Hospital had signed agreement on medical experts’ exchange programme where some medical specialists from Germany would come on working visit periodically.
The governor, who allocated N3.9 billion for the health sector in the 2013 budget, said that the development would help in the provision of facilities for primary healthcare delivery.
While Mr. Nyako was promising a world class medical facility in 2013, the traditional ruler told him that one of the state’s general hospital, which serves hundreds of thousands of people , has only one medical doctor.
Hitch free Christmas
Mr. Sanda appealed to the state government to deploy medical doctors and qualified nurses to the Ganye General Hospital.
At present, the hospital, which serves three local government areas, Ganye, Toungo and Jada, has only one medical doctor, he said.
The traditional ruler also said there was “a hitch-free Christmas celebration in Ganye Chiefdom as no single security threat was reported.”
“Both Christians and Muslims in Ganye celebrated the Christmas festival together and this is an indication of a cordial relationship among the people of the area,” he said.
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