President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday proceed to London, the United Kingdom, for a “scheduled medical follow-up”.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina says the journey is a follow-up to his most recent visit.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will proceed to London, the United Kingdom on Friday, June 25, 2021, for a scheduled medical follow-up,” Adesina said in the statement released on Thursday.
“He is due back in the country during the second week of July, 2021.”
As president, Buhari has spent 183 days receiving medical help in the United Kingdom.
This trip is the president’s second medical vacation in 2021. He had in March journeyed to the UK for what the presidency called a “routine” check-up.
After the criticism that follwed his last voyage, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, had defended the president, saying his decision to go on the medical trip is “wise and quite correct”.
“I think that, unfortunately, there is the misconception of the president’s trip, seen in the context of medical tourism,” he had said.
“President Buhari is not a medical tourist — if somebody has kept retainership with medical experts; we are talking about 30 years and plus.
“Each year, they view you and examine you and give you a pass and advise you on what to do. Would you, given this position, be changing your doctors every other year, because there is a chance the distance will be shortened?
“I think the president is wise and quite correct in his decision that he retains consistently the set of doctors who have ensured good health for himself.”
In August 2019, President Buhari had said Nigeria was losing nearly N400 billion to medical tourism annually.
Buhari had accredited the situation to the country’s health sector’s “inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country”.