By Abba Gwale
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said he won’t travel abroad for medical check-up because everything he need for medical examination was in the Government House Clinic built by his administration.
The Governor made this known when a delegation of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, the Governor urged the council to resist playing politics with approved quota for medical and dental schools in Nigeria, particularly the Rivers State University College of Medical Sciences.
He said, “The health care system in Nigeria requires very serious attention. It is unfortunate where we are. I don’t want to comment on people who are traveling for medical check. I have not travelled for the past two years,”
He added that “If we have all these things here why do we have to travel. We have all it takes to provide it. Why will I go out to do my check (overseas) when I have all the facilities in Government House?
“I don’t need it. Everything that is required for me to undergo any test is here. The resources we have it. Why can’t we provide it for our people?”
The governor further said his government would sign a contract for the construction of a world-class cancer and cardiovascular diseases centre with Julius Berger, saying when the centre, which is expected to be completed within 14 months is ready, would boost the internal revenue of the state government.
Wike’s comment came at a time when the President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to London for medical check-up.