Nigeria's health sector may be heading to comatose.

Most government hospitals in rural areas cannot even boast of Paracetamol.

As a matter of fact, government officials, including the president, must fly abroad for medical care in what has become known as medical tourism.

But some government agencies are beginning to explore some opportunities to resolve these challenges.

Leading the pack is Nigeria’s oil company, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

NNPC is seeking collaboration with India to bring back to live, 52 of its clinics across the country.

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 NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, was quoted in a statement to have called for India’s help on Thursday in Abuja, when he received the Indian High Commissioner, Mr Nagabushana Reddy.

According to the statement by NNPC Spokesperson, Mr Ndu Ughamadu Baru said that the call was part of NNPC’s efforts to kick-start its diversification into the health care business.

Baru said the corporation would reduce the trend of medical tourism from Nigeria to various countries.

The NNPC boss said the corporation is already discussing with some Indian health care providers to come into Nigeria and help grow the capacities of its medical staff.

This, he said, is aimed at putting in place world class health care facilities in the country.

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