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RIVERS: Everything is in place here, no need to travel abroad for medical check-up, says Wike

GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike, has said he won’t travel abroad for medical check-up, as everything he needs for medical examination is in the Government House Clinic built by his administration.

Wike 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 today.

Though the governor said he won’t comment on those who travel abroad for medical check-up, his statement comes barely 24hrs after President Buhari left Nigeria for London for what his media aide described as “routine medical check-up.”

Wike, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, 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.

Wike was quoted as saying, “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.

“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?”

While reiterating his commitment to improving healthcare in the state, Wike said his government would sign a contract for the construction of a world-class cancer and cardiovascular diseases centre with Julius Berger.

He noted that when the centre, which is expected to be completed within 14 months, is ready it would boost the internal revenue of the state government.

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