- President Muhammadu Buhari believes that investing heavily in the health sector would reduce dependence on foreign countries for medical reasons
- Buhari explains that his government had increased budgets allocated to the health sector of the country in recent years
- Chief of Air Staff (CoAS), Sadiq Abubakar, says the military hospital just built in Katsina would further boost effective attention to security personnel
President Muhammadu Buhari said, on Thursday, August 15, that revamping Nigeria’s health sector could reduce dependence on foreign countries for medical reasons.
There have been complaints from many Nigerians about the rate at which the citizens embark on medical trips abroad.
The president explained that the federal government would redouble its efforts to improve health facilities and services in the country.
Speaking at the commissioning of a reference hospital in Katsina, also said his administration would focus more of its health policies on people living in the rural areas.
Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesperson, quoted the president as saying in the last four years, the federal government has invested resources in the health sector, especially with increased budgetary allocation from N259 billion in 2015 to over N340 billion in 2018.
“Accordingly, significant strides have been made on life expectancy that would reduce some of the killer diseases associated with child and maternal mortality to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by the year 2030, as planned in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
“Despite this, more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and many persistent and emerging health issues in our society,” he said.
The statement further quoted the president as saying that to achieve this, “we must now redouble efforts to focus on providing more efficient funding of the health sector, improve sanitation and hygiene, and increase access to medicare in the rural areas in order to save lives of millions of Nigerians.”
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Air Staff (CoAS), Sadiq Abubakar, noted that the 60-bed capacity hospital had a total of nine medical consultants as well as 61 general medical practitioners and dentists.
“These developments have significantly enhanced the capacity of the medical services branch to provide quality healthcare to our personnel,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how some Nigerian media indicated that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, would be back in Nigeria in the evening of Thursday, August 15.
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