The inability of the government to address various health challenges has resulted in increasing medical tourism in which Nigeria loses over N400 billion on annual basis.
The disclosure was made on Thursday, April 4, by President Muhammadu Buhari, during the inauguration of Senior Executive Course 41, 2019 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Plateau state.
According to Buhari, the government has shown strong commitment in the revitalisation of the health sector, Nigerian Tribune reports.
He said in spite of the government's commitment, the health sector is still characterised by low response to public health emergencies, inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.
Buhari, who was represented by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state, said: “Government has shown strong commitment in the revitalisation of the health sector.
"These efforts notwithstanding, our health sector is still characterized by low response to the public health emergencies, inability to combat the outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.
"This has resulted in increasing medical tourism by Nigerians in which Nigeria loses N400 billion on an annual basis."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria’s health minister, Dr Ehanire Osagie, said the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, was committed to improved standard of health facilities in the country to discourage patients from medical tourism.
Osagie said this while inaugurating projects initiated and executed by the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, Nasarawa state.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had given the needed attention to the health sector in order to improve the healthcare services to Nigerians.
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