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    StarCare joins race to reverse medical tourism in Nigeria

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    healthcare service provider, has launched its facility in Lagos with a focus on reducing the need for Nigerians to seek medical treatments abroad.

    This initiative comes in response to the billions of dollars Nigerians spend on outbound medical tourism each year.

    The demand for foreign exchange to finance these trips puts a strain on the economy, and StarCare hopes to provide high-quality local alternatives.

    In February, Yemi Cardoso, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), revealed that Nigerians spent $40 billion on healthcare and education abroad in the last 10 years, weakening the naira.

    Ashraff Mohammad, chairman and managing director of the hospital, a US-trained orthopaedic and spine surgeon, said the hospital was set up with a commitment to improve Nigeria’s healthcare system and boost confidence to access the best standards locally.

    “We are dedicated to introducing advanced medical facilities and cutting-edge technology, along with a team of internationally trained and experienced doctors from India and Nigeria,” Mohammad said, speaking during the official opening in Lagos.

    “Our mission is to elevate the quality of care to international standards, reducing the need for Nigerians to seek medical treatments abroad in countries like the USA, UK, or India. StarCare is set to to ensure that top-tier healthcare is accessible to everyone here at home.”

    He assured that senior consultants would be available round-the-clock at the facility to ensure continuous access to expert care.

    Fayoade Adegoke, Lagos commissioner of Police, highlighted plans for collaboration between the hospital and Lagos police forces in terms of healthcare provision.

    On his part, HRM Oba Lateef Adams encouraged Nigerians to utilise the facility for top-tier medical services, emphasising the importance of supporting local healthcare institutions.

    Similarly, Shri Chandramouli Kern, Indian Consulate General to Nigeria, in his address, expressed hopes for strengthened bilateral ties between India and Nigeria, affirming India’s commitment to supporting Nigeria in various endeavours.

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

    A hyena that was loose in the central Nigerian city of Jos has been successfully captured, the local tourism board has reported.

    According to Akonitv, drones and rangers searched for the animal after it escaped from the Jos Wildlife Park, causing panic among residents in the area. The hyena had “finally been found, tranquilised, captured and returned to its enclosure”, the tourism board said in a statement.

    It is unclear how the hyena escaped but, according to the tourist board, it had been inside a cage. Many people in Jos were scared, despite assurances from wildlife experts that the chances of the hyena attacking were slim.

    “Hyenas are very fearful of humans – the animal is more likely to run away than attack,” said Abba Gandu, who is based at Kano Zoo in the north of the country, and has worked with lions and hyenas for 50 years.

    “It normally excretes when scared and I foresee that happening when people finally get to it.”
    Wildlife escapes are not new in Nigeria. In 2015, a four-year-old lion was shot dead after it had escaped from the same park.

    At the time, police said the lion was hostile during attempts to return it to its enclosure and was put down before it could harm anyone.

    In nearby Kano state in 2019, a lion also escaped while rangers were trying to return it to a cage after attending a national agricultural show. It was later found after hours of searching.

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

    The management of Plateau State Tourism Corporation has confirmed the escape of a Hyena from the Jos Wildlife Park.

    A statement signed by the General Manager of the Corporation, Mr Chuwang Pwajok reads that” We would like to inform the general public that the Hyena which recently escaped from its cage at the Jos Wildlife Park is currently being tracked by our dedicated team of game guards and Park Rangers with the assistance of drone technology.”

    He assured the public that the corporation are taking all necessary measures to locate the escaped animal and ensure its safe return to its enclosure soonest.”

    “We kindly request the public to remain calm and avoid any approach to the Hyena if sighted,” the statement further reads.

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

    The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has announced plans for its 27th Annual General Meeting scheduled for July 30, 2024, in Abuja.

    While briefing the Travel Press during a zoom meeting, Aliyu Badaki, chairman of the planning committee, disclosed that the AGM is non-elective and holds on the theme, ‘The role of the private sector in the development of tourism in Nigeria’.

    He explained that the theme is timely and in line with the happenings in the sector, the economy and the country at large.

    The chairman also revealed that the meeting would feature a panel session with Philda Nani Kereng, High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, as the lead speaker. He expressed confidence that her wealth of experience in tourism would contribute immensely to the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the area of tourism.

    In the face of the economic reality, Badaki said that the AGM would provide another good platform for the government and the private sector to deliberate on challenges and how to drive tourism in Nigeria.

    Dignitaries expected as the event include: Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism; Hannatu Musa Musawa, Minister of Culture; John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports; Folorunsho Coker, director general of NTDA; Nura Kangiwa, director general of NIHOTOUR; Ifeanyi Okeke, director general, SON; ECOWAS Commissioner of Tourism; Board of Trustees, FTAN, and other key stakeholders.

    According to him, with the calibre of panelists and high-powered dignitaries expected to grace the occasion, result-oriented deliberations and impactful networking are underway, as the AGM is the first time after a long while the industry is going to witness such key players coming together to chart a new course for the sector.

    Meanwhile, the AGM will serve as a flagship event for NTIFE, FTAN’s event, which comes up in November 2024.

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