President Buhari who was represented by Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State has decried the huge amount Nigerians spend annually on medical tourism.
The President made the statement during the inauguration of new participants of the Senior Executive Course of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
He emphasised by advising on the following : “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 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 over N400billion on an annual basis. Thus, I consider the theme for 2019 very apt, timely and important because the primary purpose of governance is to ensure the security and well-being of the citizens including health security.” He affirmed.