Senator representing Cross River Southern Senatorial District, Gershom Bassey has said that banning political officers from seeking medical attending abroad is unconstitutional.
He said whether medical institutions in the country were adequately funded and equipped the political business office holders would have no demand for medical tourism.
Bassey who spoke to journalists in Calabar said, “Whether facilities in our hospitals were available and met international standards so all leaders, from the President downward would patronize our facilities”.
Bassey said he was canvassing for total upgrade and overhaul and establishment of reference hospitals across the land’s 6 geo-political zones.
“I don’t back up the thought of banning political business office holders including the country’s president from going abroad for medical attending as a way of boosting our wellness system”, he stressed.
“There should be a minimum of 6 special and well-equipped hospitals in the 6 geo-political zones of the country and whatever we can do to improve wellness aid in our country is welcomed. Such will discourage medical tourism abroad.”
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