Aisha Buhari returns from Dubai medical trip, says Nigeria’s health sector lacks funding

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By Sulaiman Rukoyah

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, upon her return from the United Arab Emirates, UAE after spending few weeks for medical treatment has noted that “funding was discovered to be the major challenge” of the Nigerian health sector.

The First Lady, as gathered, left Nigeria immediately after the Eid prayers as a result of a neck problem.

In a statement personally signed by her on Saturday, the First Lady thanked Nigerians for their prayers while she was away for medical treatment.

According to her, “I recall hosting the private healthcare providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge.

“I, therefore, call on the healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020, to the Commercial Banks.

“This will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the Country.

While narrating her trip experience, Mrs Buhari said on her way back, the Nigerian Airforce Flight encountered violent air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the captain and crew of the flight.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE). I am well now and fully recovered and had since returned back home, Nigeria.

“I want to commend and appreciate the courage and professionalism of the Captain and his crew, the wonderful gallant servicemen and women of the entire Nigerian Airforce for their dedication to duty and the quality of maintenance of its Fleet,” she said.

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