Henceforth, the Federal Government has declared it would no longer provide funds to any government official to travel abroad for medical treatments unless the case cannot be handled in the country.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the 56th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association held in Sokoto on Wednesday, said the government would not encourage medical tourism with the nation’s resources.
Explaining that this administration will not deny anyone of his or her fundamental human rights, government said it will certainly not encourage expending Nigeria’s hard earned resources on any government official seeking medical treatments abroad, when such can be handled in Nigeria.
He called on health professionals to avoid inter-professional crises which had impacted negatively on the nation’s healthcare delivery system, imploring members of NMA to always imbibe the spirit of team work to ensure harmonious relationship with other health professionals, as no profession can effectively and efficiently function without the other.
On the welfare of the health professionals, the President said the government will review all previous agreements and take reasonable decisions that would not infringe on the right of the workers. He promised that this government will invest in programmes that will improve capacity of all cadres of health workers.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire in his remarks said that the theme of the event “Doctors in Administrative Position in a democratic Dispensation” was important now that Nigerians are demanding for competence, professionalism and quality health care.
The minister said that leadership in the health sector was not only limited to occupying the chief executive position, but also involves accepting challenging responsibilities, promoting team works, tolerance and transparency in all dealings.