The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, yesterday in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the inauguration of Central Pharmacy Store and Maternity Building at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex , Ile Ife, said only President Muhammadu Buhari and his medical doctors are the ones that can tell why the President left Nigeria for London to be treated. While speaking on patient-doctor relationship, Prof Adewole said, some patients prefer to continue with their former doctors instead of seeing a new one which will make them start all over again.
He said,” I won’t describe it as a large volume but we still have people travelling abroad. One, it is a matter of choice and secondly, there is what is called bonding between a doctor and his patient irrespective of where the doctor is and that creates a problem, the patient may not want to see a new doctor.
” If a patient is seeing a particular doctor and that doctor is not around he may likely wait. You don’t want to be examined by a new doctor, you don’t want to start all over again. It is one of the reasons and you can’t take it away.”
When asked if that was the reason the President travelled for treatment, the minister said Buhari and his doctors were the ones, who could answer the question.