The Duchess International Hospital in Lagos, which successfully performed leg surgery on Vice President Osinbajo, is an exemplary model of Federal Government intervention through the CBN in providing a world-class health facility to deter medical tourism by Nigerians, according to Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, or CBN.
Emefiele, spoke at a press conference held after the most recent meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee in Lagos. The Reddington Hospital and Duchess International Hospital were mentioned as examples of where the Central Bank of Nigeria has supported Nigerian healthcare institutions in building local capacity towards the reversal of medical tourism, which costs Nigeria billions of dollars every year, in response to questions about the CBN intervention funds in healthcare.
The Vice President’s decision to have his surgery performed locally in Nigeria, according to Emefiele, has set a sterling example and restored faith in the nation’s healthcare system.
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The Group Medical Director of Reddington Hospital, Dr. Olutunde Lalude, responded to the CBN Governor’s statement by stating that the Reddington Healthcare Group established the Duchess International Hospital Ikeja as a distinctive brand to promote access to affordable world-class healthcare for all Nigerians with its strategic location just 10 minutes by car from the Lagos airport and less than 90 minutes by air from Abuja and all state capitals in Nigeria.
Dr. Lalude underlined the N5000 cost for a patient to register and see a doctor at the new Duchess International Hospital as evidence of accessibility. The impact of the CBN intervention fund in creating the hospital has made this possible.
Lalude expressed his gratitude to the CBN Governor and Access Bank Plc for all of their assistance in enhancing our national capabilities and modernizing our healthcare institutions.