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South African Health Minister blasts African Leaders who Travel Abroad for Medical Treatment



South African Health Minister blasts African Leaders who Travel Abroad for Medical Treatment - BellaNaijaSouth African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has condemned African presidents for seeking medical treatment outside the continent.

The minister said this at a regional health dialogue organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Zimbabwe.

The meeting had over 30 health ministers from several countries in Africa in attendance, BBC reports.

Motsoaledi’s comments were reportedly met with silence, and he admitted that his views are controversial. He said:

I have said this before and I will say it again: We are the only continent that has its leaders seeking medical services outside the continent, outside our territory. We must be ashamed of that.

We must be ashamed of that. This is called health tourism. We must promote our own.

Besides President Muhammadu Buhari who in August returned from the UK where he was for over 100 days seeking treatment to an undisclosed ailment, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, outgoing President​ of Angola,​ José Eduardo dos Santos, Benin’s President Patrice Talon and 80-year-old Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have in the past year travelled outside the shores of their country to see doctors.

1 Comment

  1. nunulicious

    August 30, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    not only the presidents. the ministers of health themselves nko? matter of fact, all political office holders and civil servants. Not one of them should spend my tax money on their healthcare abroad. If Nigeria hospital is good enough for me, then it must be good enough for you too.
    where is the NASS and House of Rep? they won’t pass this one into law. mtshheew.

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