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  Prof. Jonah Onuoha has called on African leaders to provide the needed  infrastructure in the  health sector in order to check  medical tourism.

Onuoha, Head of Political Science Department, University of Nigeria Nsukka, made the call on Monday in an interview  with Nigeria News Agency (NAN).

The professor of political science decried the craze by African government officials to seek for medical treatment abroad.

Onuoha who was reacting to the death of former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, while on medical treatment at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, noted that the death of Mugabe in a foreign hospital was indicative of the decay of the health sector in  Zimbabwe.

“Most African leaders fail  to put basic health infrastructure in place in their various countries, and consequently they are fond of travelling abroad for medical treatment.

“I support the issue being raised by Nigerians in the Diaspora that leaders, particularly Nigeria leaders, should treat themselves in their own country.

“African leaders should be held accountable and told to treat their ailments at home; their people must prevail on them to upgrade decayed infrastructure,” he stressed. (NAN)

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Edited by Razak Owolabi/Obike Ukoh

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