Brain Drain: Sanwo-Olu Urges More Private Investment in Healthcare

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to private institutions and individuals to invest more in health financing as a way to help reduce medical tourism and brain drain.

Sanwo-Olu said that there is a need to create an ecosystem where Private Public Partnership would be effective in providing healthcare services to the vulnerable and the weak in society.

Speaking at the official commissioning of Atlantis pediatric and multi-specialist hospital in the Lekki area of the state on Wednesday, the Governor argued that increasing investment in the provision of medical infrastructure and facilities from the public and private sectors would have a combined positive effect in reducing medical tourism and brain drain.

He expressed his administration’s commitment to collaborate with private investors in reducing medical tourism and brain drain through a diagnostic capacity and capability.

The governor, however, commended the medical director of Atlantis pediatric, Dr Atinuke Uwajeh for coming back to the country to invest in children’s healthcare.

He said that the pediatric hospital would complement the government’s effort to improve the state infant and maternal mortality index.

In her remarks, Uwajeh said the hospital was built to become the foremost pediatric and maternal care hospital in sub-Saharan Africa.

She added that the hospital would deliver excellent holistic healthcare to children and women through innovative technology and best practices.

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