At the 25th anniversary gala night of the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association in the UK, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), called for an alliance between Nigerian healthcare practitioners in the UK and their counterparts in Nigeria. Expressing gratitude for the charitable contributions of nurses and midwives, she urged them to channel their efforts towards making Nigeria a prominent medical tourism destination.
Dabiri-Erewa lauded President Bola Tinubu’s administration for its commitment to enhancing healthcare facilities in Nigeria and proposed collaboration avenues such as knowledge exchange, telemedicine initiatives, and skills transfer programs. The diaspora nurses and midwives, in turn, advocated for a structured Memorandum of Understanding on health worker migration between the Nigerian and UK governments.
The President of the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association in the UK, Wendy Olayiwola, emphasized the ongoing commitment to contribute expertise to medical institutions in Nigeria. She stressed the importance of fostering communication and networking platforms to facilitate collaborative environments and the sharing of insights and best practices.
Mayor Michael Situ of Southwark commended Nigerians in the UK and pledged continuous effective service to the community, recognizing the valuable contributions of the diaspora in various fields. As the collaboration gains momentum, the aim is to elevate Nigeria’s healthcare standards and position the country as a global hub for medical tourism.