NV NEWS (Northern Voices Online)
Accra, Oct 26 (IANS) India´s trade relations with Nigeria might be improving, but the growing trend of Nigerians seeking medical treatment in India has become a cause of worry for the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), which says that the huge outflow of patients is a matter of concern.
"The statistics we have show that over 5,000 Nigerians are travelling to India annually to seek medical treatment and we want to look at how to reverse the trend," Enabulele said.
The NMA estimates that Nigeria has been annually losing more than 78 billion naira ($500 million) on medical tourism, with half the sum going to India alone.
The NMA believes that each traveller spends between $20,000 and $40,000 per trip. "India thus earns over 40.94 billion naira ($260 million) from medical tourism from Nigeria alone," he added.