NIGERIA LOSES N400 BILLION ON MEDICAL TOURISM ANNUALLY- BUHARI

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the inability of the government to address various health challenges in the country has resulted in increasing medical tourism in which the nation loses over N400 billion on annual bases.

Buhari disclosed this on the occasion of the inauguration of the Senior Executive Course 41, 2019 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS) Kuru, Jos South LGA of Plateau State with the theme “Funding Universal Health Care Delivery in Nigeria”

The President, who was represented by Governor Simon Lalong, said government has shown strong commitment in the revitalization of the health sector.

Adding that inspite of this, the sector was still characterized by low response to public health emergencies, inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.

“Government has shown strong commitment in the revitalization of the health sector. These efforts notwithstanding, our health sector is still characterized 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,” he lamented.

According to the President, his government had in January this year flagged off Primary Healthcare Revitalization Programme with the aim of having 10,000 functional primary healthcare facilities with at least one functional healthcare facility in every political ward across the country.