An air ambulance to India (Nigeria Health Watch)
A friend of mine travelled from Lagos to New Delhi for a business meeting, and called me shortly after his return. "Chikwe, you will not believe what I experienced on the flight; almost every passenger had a tube of some sort, from catheters to intravenous lines, often accompanied by nurses or/and family, both in business class and economy class, all headed to India for healthcare that they cannot get in Nigeria". He said it felt like being on an air ambulance.
A Nigerian newspaper speculated that at least 3,000 Nigerians travel each month for medical treatment to India, spending close to $200 million (N30 billion) yearly. While it is not clear where these figures come from, another newspaper is explicit in reporting that the Indian High Commission in Nigeria issued 4,000 medical visas to Nigerians seeking medical treatment in Indian hospitals in 2009. This is what has become of our once great country.