Valiant Clinic, a premium multi-speciality outpatient clinic has announced its presence in Nigeria, saying it is here to fill the gap in the healthcare provision.
The Dubai based Healthcare facility, which sits on a 15,000 square meter, according to Hassan Sameer Hassan, Head of Business Development at Meraas, promoter of the clinic, focuses on diagnostic, preventive healthcare and wellness.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, Hassan noted that the clinic which came into existence a year ago will be offering two-day medical outreaches in Abuja beginning on Monday, with the aim of attending to patients with Urological problems like cancer, kidney stones, prostate, infertility etc.
Hence, he stressed that the clinic, which operations are in line with Dubai’s 2021 vision of preventive healthcare and wellness, aims at offering world-class medical care to the Nigeria community.
While bemoaning the limited medical infrastructure in the country, Hassan who briefed Journalists in Abuja alongside Dr Sergio Valenti and Iftakhar Asfi, a Consultant Urologist and Head of Business Development at Valiant Clinic respectively, stressed that there is a big gap in the healthcare market to address.
To show its seriousness, Hassan said that the clinic has assembled the best machines and brains to ensure total health for its patients.
He said, “Valiant Clinic sees a gap in the healthcare industry in Nigeria-mainly due to limited medical infrastructure. The total cost of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the health sector in Nigeria 4.6% and the expenditure on the GDP from the government is 1.5%.”
The Clinic, he further said promotes and supports the philosophy of leaving a positive lifestyle, saying that “Valiant Clinic is characterized by its extraordinary and 7-star experience, and differentiates itself through high-quality care provided by the finest physicians from the world over.”
He noted that the clinic has two approaches to healthcare, which is “physical through to nutrition and mental level.”
In the nearest future, he said that the promoter of the Valiant clinic may consider having a physical presence in Nigeria, but for now, Hassan said the focus of the clinic is to make a name and build the trust in healthcare.
He said: “Building that bridge between Nigeria and Dubai will be great for both parties and creating the pipeline between here and Dubai. Doing the preliminary screening and the serious cases are taken to Dubai for surgery. This will reduce the cost of medication for Nigerians as well as creating synergy for both health systems.
“We have discussed this before coming here; it may be a good idea. We are still exploring it.”
On why Dubai is becoming healthcare centre, Hassan said: “Dubai is in the centre of the world, it is connecting the world and this is the slogan of emirate airline. We have up to two hundred million passengers passing through Dubai, only 6% that comes into Dubai that means 12 million people.
“The two hundred million passing through Dubai one day they would want to explore what is going on there.”
He noted that Nigeria is the biggest country in Africa where people desire best class medical services, but unfortunately, due to the paucity of medical facilities have to travel abroad for treatment.
So, we are here to give world-class services, we aim to give something different from what is been provided right now in the field of healthcare.
Also speaking, Iftakhar Asfi said, “we are ecstatic to be here in Nigeria, as this is a step that helps us display our commitment to offer world-class medical care to the community. The UAE healthcare industry has seen tremendous changes over the past several years, and the trust in the field has been exponentially increasing.
With the introduction of world-class facilities including valiant clinic, we are confident that we will elevate the standards of healthcare and medical practice.
Dr Sergio Valenti, the Consultant Urologist at Valiant Clinic, said: “extending our commitment to Africa to serve the people of Nigeria is integral. With the evident gap in the healthcare industry in Nigeria, we aim to support the community by building on Houston Methodist Global Healthcare services heritage and striving to provide unparalleled safety, quality service and innovation to our patients ensuring excellent care in a beautiful, healing environment.”
Abdulazeez Oniyangi, President/Chief Executive Officer, Swift Air Ambulance said the country is in dire need huge foreign investment in the healthcare sector; “you also know the constraints to invest in our society. But haven said that the fallback solution is one of the strategies is the partnership we have also with supporting institutions, which gives them a good platform to continue to see patients.”
Oniyangi said once the number of outbound is very high, foreign investors may be encouraged to come and invest in the country. He also said that one of the deciding factors is the assurance of getting value for their money and “I can tell you that Nigerian market is a very interest one and is a market that needs excellent healthcare.”
He, however, said that there is no way anybody can stop medical tourism, something which he said is universal.
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