Medical Tourism: Ekocorp Acquires Radiotherapy Machine

The board of Ekocorp Plc, owners of Eko Hospital, the only hospital listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, on Thursday announced the procurement of a state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine to cater to cancer patients.

This, it said, in a filing to the NSE, will enable it to stem the tide of cancer patients, the largest single cause of medical tourism from the country, thereby helping to conserve the nation’s scarce foreign exchange.

It is estimated that Nigeria loses about $1.35bn, an equivalent of N359.2bn yearly through 9,000 monthly medical visits, of which India is the biggest beneficiary with 500 monthly visits.
According to Mrs. Happiness Iheukwumere, its company secretary, Ekocorp said as part of its transformation agenda, it has acquired and is in the process of installing a state of the art Gamma Beam 100 Equinox EBRT.

The company, she assured, “is not relenting in maintaining its leading role in the healthcare industry through quality manpower and technology, all geared towards efficient service delivery for the benefit of every citizen of the nation.”

This, she said, is in line with the company’s vision statement “to be the leading private-sector provider of high-quality healthcare services, training and research in Nigeria.”