By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon said Nigeria can drastically reduce its $2 billion yearly expenditure on medical tourism if well-meaning people choose to invest in the provision of modern health care facilities.
He spoke on Monday at the commissioning of four-ultra modern projects
including the telemedicine equipment at the Afe Babalola University
Multi System Hospital in Ado Ekiti.
The other projects unveiled at the institution are the new post-graduate building and halls of residence; the state-of the-art social and management science building and a fixed dome planetarium.
General Gowon was effusive in praising the founder of the university,
Aare Afe Babalola for devoting his time and resources in building a
world-class institution and providing an ultra-modern hospital with
facilities found in most developed countries.
The equipment, donated by an Indian Hospital, Aster Healthcare, under
a collaboration agreement with ABUAD, entails consulting, diagnosis
and management of medical conditions by doctors in Ado Ekiti, India
and Dubai through a sophisticated transmission of data, online, real
time. The partnership between the two hospitals also covers technical
services, managerial services as well as training of doctors, nurses
and other medical support staff.
Aare Babalola described the tele-medicine equipment as “the first in
Africa and will assist our hospital in the area of ‘tele-consulting’,
‘tele-diagnosis’ and ‘tele-management’. It will enable our partners in
Dubai to join us in Ekiti in performing medical service in ABUAD by
The planetarium, an 18M fixed dome, described as the only one in
Africa with astronomical observatory and one of the largest fixed
planetarium in the world, will enable the university conduct training
and research in space science and technology.
The events were witnessed by General Olusegun Obasanjo; former Chief
Justice Alfa Belgore; Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye; Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba
Rufus Adejugbe; Oloye of Oye- Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju; Oluyin
of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye; the Executive Secretary of the
National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed and his two
predecessors-Prof Peter Okebukola and Prof. Julius Okojie among other