The Minister for Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has urged Nigerians to seek local medical solutions to their heart problems instead of wasting large sums of money travelling abroad for treatment.
Chukwu made the call on Friday while inaugurating the Cardiovascular Centre at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
According to the minister, the UCH has the facilities and qualified doctors to treat heart disease, urging those affected to take advantage of the services being offered by the hospital.
The disease, according to him, accounts for the death of many Nigerians on a daily basis.
Chukwu commended UCH for being the first government tertiary health institution to inaugurate the centre in the country.
He expressed the need to set up foundations for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. According to him, this will assist those who cannot afford high cost of heart surgeries.
He praised private initiatives such as the Kanu Heart Foundation as well as pet projects of wives of some state governors dedicated to assisting heart patients.
He said, “The difference actually is that instead of those funds being channelled out of the country, they will be channelled to UCH where the service will be provided.”