State House Clinic Abuja

Equip State House clinic to stop President’s overseas medical tourism ─Nigerian Senators

*Senate Committee insists President Muhammadu Buhari and other top officials of his government should no longer be flown abroad for medical treatment

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In order to prevent the Presidency’s application of Nigeria’s foreign reserve for medical tourism abroad, the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs has tasked the State House officials to put its clinic in order and equip it to function better.

According to the Federal lawmakers, this step is to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari will have no need to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Senator Danjuma La’ah, Chairman of the Committee, made this remark when Mr. Tijani Umar, Permanent Secretary of the State House, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.

It was learnt the State House official had presented a budget of N19.7 billion for 2021, out of which N1.3 billion was proposed for the State House Clinic.

Though La’ah said the committee would approve the budget for the State House Clinic, he insisted that the President and other top officials of his government should no longer be flown abroad for medical treatment.

Report indicates that President Buhari’s first term in office was punctuated by medical trips to the United Kingdom (UK).

Between 2017 and 2018, he travelled abroad at least three times for medical reasons. One of the trips lasted for over 100 days.

Accordingly, in 2019 Buhari also lamented that Nigeria loses too much to medical tourism, urging stakeholders to come up with a solution.

However, in March, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) launched a N100 billion credit support intervention for the healthcare industry amid the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

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