Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday commended the Bayelsa State Diagnostic Centre’s medical equipment, saying they were of high quality, as he underwent his medical checkups at the facility.
He went to the state in fulfillment of his promise in February this year when he inaugurated the Diagnostic Centre that he would visit the facility for his medical checkups.
Obasanjo, who said he had heart, kidneys, liver, spleen and blood pressure test, among others, noted that Nigerians no longer have to travel abroad for medical tourism.
His words: “The same things you can get anywhere in the world are available in Bayelsa. Why do you have to travel? Wherever we get best practices, let’s spread it.
“When l was here in February, l saw the standard of the facilities that could be used by all Nigerians. There is no need for us to go to Dubai, United Kingdom or America for medical checkups.
“I went through all the medical checks that l would normally have gone through anywhere. The eye, the mouth, the head and the doctor showed me what my brains looked like.
“When l looked at it, he said my brain is clean and clear and l said, it means my head is correct. The cost is reasonable and the services are superb. So, whatever people are going to Dubai, India, America, UK, Saudi Arabia for, is here in Bayelsa.”
After the medical checkups at the State Specialist Hospital and the State Diagnostic Centre, he proceeded to the D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall where he chaired the first infant and maternal mortality summit.
Obasanjo, who was received by Governor Seriake Dickson and top government functionaries, said there was the urgent need for advocacy and awareness creation to stem the tide of infant and maternal mortality.
Speaking, Dickson lamented deaths resulting from childbirth, saying as part of measures to stem the tide, the state government had to build the world-class health facilities.
He said government had also built a pharmaceutical centre to check fake drugs, adding that hospitals had been built in all the local councils to tackle cases of infant and maternal mortality.
He announced a N3000 antenatal care allowance per month for all pregnant women in the state.