The Nigerian Medical Association has said the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria Shiek El-Zakzaky and wife, Zeenat, can access perfect medical treatment in Nigeria for his ailment instead of going to India in the first instance.
The Federal Government also came out and accused El-Zakzaky of “becoming uncontrollable” in India.
The National President, NMA , Dr Francis Faduyile, in an interview with Punch, said that although it was the rights of anybody to seek medical treatment wherever they wished, El-Zakzaky did not look like someone suffering from an ailment that was beyond what could be handled in Nigeria.
He added that even if the IMN leader had to seek medical treatment in India, he had to submit himself to the rule of the hospital treating him.
He said, “It is the fundamental human right of anybody to seek medical treatment wherever they want it. However, many of the cases that are taken outside are cases that can be treated in Nigeria perfectly.
“On the case of El-Zakzaky, I don’t know why he chose India for treatment and even though I am not aware of his ailment, I still think it does not look like he is suffering from an ailment that cannot be properly treated here in Nigeria.
“It was not the Nigerian government who offered to take him to India, a court granted him the leave to travel abroad. It is important for us to know that even if he were to seek treatment abroad, he should conform to the rule and regulation of the hospital. That is the major reason he is having issue in India.”
Faduyile says in many cases, people travel abroad for medical check-ups or treatment to show-off their wealth and not necessarily because they could not find a solution to their ailment at home.
He advised government to come up with a policy that would ensure that public money would not be used to fund the trip of any public officer travelling abroad for treatment.
He added, “Many of these people travel abroad to seek medical treatment or check-up out of display of class status or wealth. But the NMA as a professional body has advocated that if government officials have to seek medical treatment abroad, they should not use public fund.
“In fact, as a matter of national interest, our public officials should have their medical treatment within the shores of Nigeria so that we can have confidence in our health sector and build the sector.”