President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that revamping Nigeria’s Health sector, could reduce dependence on foreign countries for medical reasons.
Recall, that 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, to stop Nigerians from travelling abroad for medical treatment.
Speaking at the commissioning of a Reference Hospital, in Katsina, Buhari revealed that his administration would focus more of its Health policies on people living in the rural areas.Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Spokesperson, quoted the President as saying that 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, and to stop Nigerians from travelling abroad for medical treatment”.