Nigeria is located on the western coast of Africa, listed as the most populated country in Africa, with the eighth largest in population in the world. While literally dominating most of West Africa in terms of economy and politics, the country has seen much internal strife in past years. At the same time, Nigeria is a beautiful country, home of Kano, West Africa's oldest city, and Yankari National Park.
Special health services, procedures and treatments are not readily available in Nigeria due to its economic instability. Nigeria lacks a national healthcare plan that meets the needs of its demographics, leading many middle class and upper class Nigerians to seek health care treatments and procedures abroad.
Why Are Nigerians Traveling Abroad for Treatment?
Nigerians and citizens from neighboring countries throughout Africa are traveling across borders for:
Where are Nigerians Traveling for Medical Care?
Nearly 95% of Nigerians are traveling to destinations in southeast Asia and India for medical treatments, according to a recent report by McKinsey, with others traveling to Latin America or Europe and Central Europe for their health care options. Orthopedic surgical procedures procured in such destinations lead the trend.
What to Take With You
Nigerians anticipating international travel and medical care should contact the embassy of the country they wish to visit for list of requirements to obtain a passport and visa, if required by the destination country.
Contact a medical facility directly or PlacidWay.com, a major medical provider regarding options and locations for the type of medical care you are interested in. Documents may include but are not limited to:
Nigerians traveling abroad should discuss:
Patients traveling abroad are encouraged to ask any and all questions they may have prior to booking travel or treatment arrangements in order to reduce stress and confusion. Maintain a good liaison with the medical facility you've chosen and keep their contact information with you throughout your journey.