The immediate past governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, said Nigerian leaders needed political will to stop people from travelling abroad for medical treatment.
Mimiko stated this while speaking at the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the International College of Surgeons, Nigeria National Section held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
According to him, continued overseas medical trips were a clear message to the government at all levels that all was not well.
He stressed that despite the fact that Nigeria had celebrated medical doctors all over the world, the infrastructure to turn around the image of medical practice in Nigeria was lacking.
The ex-governor said: “The message is to the government. We have cutting-edge medical professionals scattered all around the world. But at home, we must have the necessary infrastructure, equipment, gadgets and the technology before you can practise your art
.“If we build state-of-the-art facilities and create the enabling environment, people will come to Nigeria for medical treatment because we have the personnel. Above all, we need the political will to do all this.”