Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, has advocated robust healthcare sector for the country, after her return from medical trip to Dubai.
She said there was an urgent need for the healthcare providers to take advantage of the Federal Government’s N100bn credit support for the sector from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
She said this would go a long way in reducing medical tourism.
She was flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for medical treatment during the Sallah break.
Aisha reportedly suffered persistent neck pains after returning from a condolence visit to the widow of a former governor of Oyo, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.
The first lady,in a statement on Saturday, however thanked Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes, adding that she has fully recovered.
The statement read, “I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment. I am well now and fully recovered and have since returned back home, Nigeria.
“On our way back, the Nigerian Air force Flight encountered a violent clear air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the Captain and crew of the Flight.
“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.
“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.”