Nigerians travel abroad for lab tests – Minister decries healthcare services


Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire yesterday lamented the high number of Nigerians who engage in medical tourism.

The Minister said this at a ceremony for graduands and new students of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Sciences) in Jos, Plateau State

Speaking after he commissioned projects at the permanent site of the school at the Jos University teaching Hospital (JUTH), Ehanire lamented that “A good portion of the challenge of medical tourism in Nigeria is attributed to patients who go abroad for medical diagnostic services, including laboratory tests”.

He described the situation as unacceptable, saying “If this continues, it is a declaration of no confidence on all of us”.

The minister lamented that people had lost confidence in medical facilities in the country and rushed abroad because of experience they have had with results not showing accurate diagnosis.



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