The commissioner, who is also a Surgeon, made the remark while answering questions from newsmen at the 48th Conference of International College of Surgeons, Nigeria National Section, on Thursday in Asaba.
According to him, some of the challenges facing surgeons in Nigeria include the inability to diagnose diseases early and inadequate medical facilities.
He said most illnesses that required surgery could be treated better if doctors got them at earlier stages.
Akabuike, who said Nigeria had experts that proved themselves as the best in medical world, however, added that “we are handicapped by the lack of sophisticated equipment to work with.
“However, we are aware that there are some improvements in the health sector in places like Lagos and Abuja and I am sure we will gradually get there.
Prof. Iyekeoretine Evbuomwan of University of Benin had earlier delivered a lecture in which he called on surgeons to be conversant with modern practices in the health sector to win patients’ confidence.