CHAIRMAN/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has urged medical practitioners in the diaspora to return to Nigeria and contribute to the development of the health sector.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa, who spoke at the weekend when she visited Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr. Modupe Elebute-Odunsi, should be hailed for leaving her comfort zone abroad to return to Nigeria and establish Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre, a world-class hospital, to provide first-class services for Nigerians.
She said: “Nigeria has the best in the world, whether in medicine or other professions. We are here to encourage Dr. Elebute-Odunsi. For her to return to the country despite the challenges we complain we have, is commendable. It is going to be challenging no doubt, but she has taken the best decision to come back home and give the best to her country.
“When we travel abroad, we don’t get health facilities better than what is in place at Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital. The beauty of it is that the hospital is run by Nigerians.
“I am happy that Dr. Elebute-Odunsi has made Nigeria proud. Nigerians don’t need to go abroad again for medical tourism.”
The NIDCOM CEO, however, said the government should create an enabling environment for Nigerians in the diaspora to succeed if they return home.
She added that the government should put in place a diaspora policy to encourage Nigerian professionals abroad to return home, “and trust us, we are going to work on that”.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said besides Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital, there is a stroke centre in Imo State, establish by a Nigerian in the diaspora, noting that people from all over the world visit the place for treatment.
“The government will support Dr. Elebute-Odunsi and other Nigerian professionals in the diaspora who want to return home and do the best for their country”, the NIDCOM boss said.
She hoped that Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre would become a role model for other hospitals.
Elebute-Odunsi said she and her husband, Mr. Bolaji Odunsi, established the hospital about six months ago.
She said she was happy to return to Nigeria and contribute to the development of the health sector.