In what is perhaps the clearest and most tangible explanation yet for President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent medical trips abroad, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that the President prefers foreign medicare because there is no confidentiality in doctor-patient relationship in Nigeria.
The best explanation presidential spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, could give before now on their principal’s preference for foreign medicare was that it was his right to seek medical treatment wherever he wished.
Buhari on Friday evening flew into Nigeria from his four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom, telling reporters at the airport in Abuja that, “I went for further medical checkup. I am alright”.
While stressing that Buhari’s preference was not an indictment of the nation’s health care system, the minister was categorical that Buhari travels overseas for medicals in order to protect his privacy as the country has remained unable to manage information.
Citing an example with the travail of Yusuf, the only son of Buhari, who was involved in a motorbike crash last year in Abuja, he said it was obvious that the privacy of a patient could easily be compromised in the country.