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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:21

Nigerians in India angry over Goa murder

 

 

The Nigerian community in India is feeling "aggrieved" after one of its citizens was killed in Goa, Nigeria's high commissioner has told the BBC.

 

Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku said the resort state's subsequent order to deport Nigerians living illegally there was like "rubbing salt on their wounds".

 

Meanwhile, police in Goa have made the first arrest in the murder case.

 

Tensions have been rising since a Nigerian man was stabbed to death last week and five others were wounded.

 

Soon after the killing, nearly 200 Nigerians blocked Goa's main highway for several hours to protest against the killing, and police arrested 53 of the protesters.

 

Police blamed the killing on rivalry between local and Nigerian drug traffickers, and Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar asked the police to track down Nigerians living illegally in the state and deport them.

 

'Salt on their wounds'

There are about 40,000 Nigerians living in India and Mr Amaku says he is concerned about the safety of his people.

 

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"Indians need to understand that a large number of Nigerians are living legally in India and even if some are living illegally, there are laws in place to deal with that and those should be implemented," Mr Amaku told BBC Hindi.

 

He criticised the Goan authorities for plans to deport those living illegally in India.

 

"If Nigerians are living illegally you don't wait till their compatriot is murdered before you go around picking them up and threatening them with deportation - that is like rubbing salt on their wounds."

 

Earlier in the week, another Nigerian diplomat had warned of repercussions against Indians living in Nigeria if Goa did not stop "evicting Nigerians" from the state and failed to arrest the killers.

 

More than 800,000 Indians live in Nigeria and they own approximately 100,000 businesses there.

 

Mr Amaku said the official's statement was made in the context of the murder and that he felt "aggrieved" like all other members of the Nigerian community.

 

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said he was sure that the row could be settled "amicably".

 

"We have been assured that the investigation (into the murder) is under way," news agency AFP quoted him as saying.

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Indian hospitals saw 18,000 Nigerians on medical visas in 2012, a trebling in numbers in the last three years. With Nigerian politicians more determined than ever to stop this loss of foreign exchange, Indian hospital groups looking long term see the future as building hospitals in Nigeria.

 

47% of Nigerians visiting India in the year 2012 did so to get medical attention, according to figures from the Indian High Commission. These 18,000 medical tourists spent $260 million (N42bn) in scarce foreign exchange in the process. (Around $15,000 or N2.3m) per medical tourist).

 

This trend results from the inequality in access to healthcare and dearth of medical facilities, which have remained major, upsets to Nigeria's healthcare.

 

The trend of referring patients from health institutions in Nigeria to similar institutions in India is a common practice. This development has made many Nigerians lose confidence in the ability of the nation's healthcare institutions to deliver quality healthcare.

 

Mike Chukwu of Assetswise Capital has identified low standards of patient care, an absence of world-class hospitals and diagnostic centres and the stunted growth of the healthcare system in the country, as responsible for this massive medical tourism to India; "A poor pipeline for high skills, poor health value chain, as well as low health insurance cover, have led to weak effective demand for healthcare services, resulting in poor economics of scale for hospital services in the country. Medical equipment in some hospitals is bedeviled with irregular maintenance and upgrades, and diagnostic services not readily within reach, raising questions of quality control, availability, timeliness and reliability. Ambulatory services are often not available or affordable. There is an absence of internationally recognised certifications, a weak regulatory and supervisory framework, and weak framework for legal indemnities. There is poor management, plus poor staffing in terms of number and specialties of doctors and other healthcare providers. These have resulted in the low standard of care in the country."

 

Chukwu advised that the approach to reversing the medical tourism problem in Nigeria must be to develop private sector healthcare- "There is need to improve access to capital, develop and enforce quality standards, mobilise public and donor money to the private sector, modify local policies and regulations to foster the role of the private sector and foster health insurance."

 

[Former] Health minister Muhammad Ali Pate says that it is essential to unlock the market potential for health services in the country by creating an enabling environment for the private sector to grow.

 

The Federal Ministry of Health will look at regulations to discourage growth of medical tourism and review fiscal policies (economic incentives, tax, foreign exchange, import tariffs) that affect healthcare, to create more favourable economic incentives for doing business in the healthcare sector.

 

Another top Indian hospital has sealed a deal to set up collaborative medical services in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the First Rivers Hospital. Medical cases can be properly examined and successfully managed in Nigeria without the extra burden of overseas travels while only complicated surgeries will be directed to Ruby Hall Clinics in Pune for specialist care. The investment means an upgrade for facilities and healthcare services at First Rivers Hospital, as well as providing online/real time and direct access to specialist consultants' expertise at Ruby Hall Clinic.

 

Source: International Medical Travel Journal (imtj.com)

JOHANNESBURG, July 8 (Reuters) - Tata Motors (TAMO.BO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), India's largest vehicle maker, is looking to set up a vehicle assembly unit in South Africa later this month, the company said on Friday.

"The ... assembly plant in South Africa has been in the planning for a while, and we are at a point that this has now come to fruition," Tata spokesman Debasis Ray said.

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He said more details would follow at a formal launch on July 22.

The report comes at a time when demand for new vehicles in South Africa appears to be rising.

South Africa's new vehicle sales were up nearly 13 percent year-on-year in June to 44,880 units, according to statistics by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers. [ID:nLDE7630GQ] (Reporting by Yumna Mohamed; Editing by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura

 

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Even though all it takes is to vaccinate each and every child under five with the polio vaccine to achieve global polio eradication, this has not been the case especially in Nigeria due to lack of funds and disjointed running of the immunization campaign. In the recent past, however, Nigeria has shown evidence of a reduction in polio cases thanks to the selfless and commendable work done by the ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, a joint venture by Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates.

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 Author: G. Stanley Okoye, M.D., Ph.D. , Chief Medical Correspondent, Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center (Afripol) and St. Jude Medical Missions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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