FG plans for 10,000 functional primary healthcare facilities across the country

President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration is looking at establishing 10,000 functional primary healthcare facilities across the country.

While speaking on Thursday at the inauguration of senior executive course (SEC) 41 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau state, the president said the country loses about N400 billion to medical tourism annually.

The theme of the event is: ‘Funding Universal Health Care Delivery in Nigeria.’

The president also added that Nigeria was losing so much to medical tourism because of the country’s health sector’s “inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.”

“Government has shown strong commitment in the revitalisation of the health sector,” he said.

“These efforts notwithstanding, our health sector is still characterised by low response to the public health emergencies, inability to combat 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 annual basis.”

Reacall that in 2017, Buhari spent over 150 days in the UK treating an undisclosed ailment.

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