President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, insisted that Nigerians can no longer afford to go abroad for medical treatment.
The President made the declaration at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, during the inauguration and handover of completed projects to the management of the hospital.
“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop, because we can’t afford it again,” Buhari said.
Represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu, the president lamented the devastating effects of flooding in the South-East geo-political zone, saying the intervention project would bring relief to the hospital, the state and its neighbours.
According to him, the project in Ebonyi State showed that an end has come to the era in the country where some parts of the country were neglected as a result of corruption and favouritism.
He also stressed that the location of the project in major teaching hospitals across the country showed that no part of the country would be neglected again.
“We have paid very serious attention to the health of our people and will continue to do so. The projects you celebrate their completion today were seriously affecting the workings of this teaching hospital,” he said, adding that “but today, we can say their completion has started helping to improve on the performance and welfare of both the staff and patients of this hospital.”