Nigerians Must Stop Traveling Abroad For Medical Treatment – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has frowned at the unabated trend of Nigerians traveling overseas for medical treatment, saying it must stop going forward.
Buhari said this during the inauguration and handing over of a completed project to the management of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Friday.
“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again,” said Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
Buhari, who had travelled several times to the United Kingdom on medical vacation, inaugurated the Flood and Erosion Control Project at the hospital.
He said the project was part of his administration’s interventions in the health sector aimed at improving service delivery at hospitals across the country.
Buhari, who noted that the project was executed to check flooding and gully erosion in the hospital, lamented the effects of flooding in the South-East geo-political zone.
He said, “We have paid very serious attention to the health of our people and will continue to do so. The projects you celebrate their completion today were seriously affecting the workings of this teaching hospital. But today, we can say their completion have started helping to improve on the performance and welfare of both the staff and patients of this hospital.
“I wish to use this medium to congratulate the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and his team in the Ecological Fund Office; the project contractor, Messrs Amayaro Nigeria Limited, as well as the project consultant, Messrs Kanode and Associates Limited, for their commitment to ensuring timely and speedy completion of the project.”