DEPUTY Governor of Delta State, Sir Monday Onyeme, FCA, has said that provision of state of the art medical facilities in the state would greatly curb medical tourism.
He spoke on Wednesday in Asaba at the inauguration of Renewed Mind Medical and Diagnostic Center.
According to the deputy governor, Deltans in the Diaspora should reverse the trend of travelling abroad by coming to the state to invest, noting that the Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori’s administration have created the enabling environment for private investments to thrive in the state through the M.O.R.E. Agenda.
He added that coming back to invest in the country would also, boost the country’s economy.
“We all know that one of the things that deplete the foreign exchange of this country is medical tourism; everybody wants to go to the United Kingdom, Indian, America and other countries to take care of their health challenges, but with this type of facility, I think that we will save this country a lot of money.
“With this facility that we are inaugurating today, with what I have seen here today, I do not think there is anything one will be looking for outside the country in the area of health facilities,” the deputy governor said.
He commended the administrator of the Medical Center, Mrs Favour Chikwelu Osiegbu for investing in Delta State, saying, “I am very happy to be a witness to this very occasion of commissioning this edifice, the Renewed Mind Medical and Diagnostic Center.
“Let me sincerely thank the investors for the courage to do what they did; for hatching out this plan to come back home to plant something that will help our people, I want to thank you seriously for this project.
“I urge you to key into the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme; health we know is a key factor in the M.O.R.E Agenda of the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori-led administration of Delta State.
“I can assure you that the Rt. Hon. Oborevwori administration will continue to provide the enabling environment for investors to come to Delta State, especially Deltans because they say, charity begins at home.”
Chairman of the ceremony, Mr Reginald Bayoko, Head of Service, Delta State in an address, described health as the cornerstone of prosperity and development, saying, “without good health we cannot enjoy the fruits of our labour.”
Earlier in her address, the administrator of the Medical Center, Mrs Favour Chikwelu Osiegbu, said the project was their contribution to check health challenge of the nation.
She said the project, The Renewed Mind was a project of divine assignment, a duplication of what they had in the United States of America.