The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Tuesday said the that Nigerian hospitals are ready to compete with the best in the world.
Ehanire made the statement during a briefing, in reaction to the successful separation of a conjoined set of twins that had one liver, a protruding tummy and a lower chest.
The 12-hour surgery involved 78 medical personnel, at the National Hospital in Abuja.
The minister said, “This is a demonstration of excellent team work, which also shows that with confidence in the health sector, we can do great things in Nigeria.
“One of the reasons why some Nigerians travel abroad for treatment is because they lack confidence in the health sector. They believe that we do not have specialists and the required medical equipment to handle to handle sensitive cases, but this case has shown that we have the expertise. No foreign aid was involved in the surgery.
“The ability of these experts to work together means that we can stand up to many international hospitals, as far as advanced surgery is concerned. This is a complex one involving conjoined twins with one liver.”