President Buhari, speaking at the opening ceremony of the 56th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Sokoto, said his administration would not encourage expending hard earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said “While this administration will not deny anyone of his or her fundamental human rights, we will certainly not encourage expending Nigerian hard-earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad, when such can be handled in Nigeria”.
Buhari urged health professionals to avoid inter-professional crises which had impacted negatively on the nation’s healthcare delivery system. Adewole said, “We have seen the hazards that this unfortunate and highly preventable problems have caused to the quality of health care delivery in Nigeria”.
He also added that, “May I employ members of NMA to always imbibe the spirit of team work to ensure harmonious relationship with other health professionals, no profession can effectively and efficiently function without the other”.
The minister quoted the President to have said, “Government will review all previous agreements and take reasonable decisions that will not infringe on the right of the workers and also invest in programmes that will improve capacity of all cadres of health workers”.