30 April 2016
The Presidency has said it will no longer be funding travels of government officials seeking medical attention abroad on cases that can be handled in the country.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 56th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, in Sokoto, President Muhammadu Buhari, said his administration would not encourage spending of public funds on any government official seeking medical care abroad.
Represented by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Buhari said “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 pledged government commitment to the welfare of health professionals, adding that “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 the capacity of all cadres of health workers”.