- President Buhari says medical treatment for officials overseas will not be the responsibility of the government again
- He says the government will invest more in the health delivery service
- He recognised the impact of doctors in the country and applauded their good work
President Muhammadu Buhari has stopped the payment of overseas travel for medical treatment for government officials especially on cases that can be handled in Nigeria.
Information Nigeria reports that this was conveyed by Professor Isaac Adewole who is the minister of health at the opening ceremony of the 56th annual general conference and delegates meeting of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Sokoto.
The president said his administration would not encourage spending hard earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad.
“While this administration will not deny anyone of his or her fundamental human rights, we will certainly not encourage expending Nigerian hard-earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad, when such can be handled in Nigeria.”
He also called on health professionals to avoid inter-professional crises which had impacted negatively on the nation’s healthcare delivery system.
“We have seen the hazards that this unfortunate and highly preventable problems have caused to the quality of health care delivery in Nigeria. May I employ members of NMA to always imbibe the spirit of team work to ensure harmonious relationship with other health professionals, no profession can effectively and efficiently function without the other.”
The minister promised that the government will invest in healthcare system in the country.
“Government will review all previous agreements and take reasonable decisions that will not infringe on the right of the workers and also invest in programmes that will improve capacity of all cadres of health workers.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari called on the National Association of Resident Doctors not to embark on a strike and give the government more time to address their hardships.
Buhari called for understanding and support from doctors and promised them that no agreements duly entered into by the federal government would be dishonoured by his administration.