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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the country’s huge loss to medical tourism.

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.

He was represented by Simon Lalong, Plateau governor,

The event had as its theme: ‘Funding Universal Health Care Delivery in Nigeria.’

The president said the country 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.”

The president said his administration is targeting 10,000 functional primary healthcare facilities across the country.

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


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  1. Says the man who ditched Nigerian healthcare and spent 172 days in London on medical tourism.

    How else do you define hypocrisy?

    1. Very hypocritical words coming from the number one medical tourist who would soon be departing again for another long medical vacation after his swearing-in.

  2. Haha haha. Am sure 200b is our presidents contribution to that loss as they have refused to tell us how much of our money was spent.

  3. Nigeria's healthcare had long been ditched by previous administrations. Buhari is now trying to make the sector good so that successive leaders and citizens don't need to ditch the country for medical treatments abroad.

    1. Really? When him and his family are the main culprits.

  4. Is this man okay!?, can you explain to the nation how much you spent on your almost 200 days abroad for treatment?


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