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We will no longer fund foreign medical trips for officials – FG

The Federal Government has said it will no longer sponsor any government official to travel abroad for medical attention unless the case cannot be handled in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Boade Akinola, in Abuja on Thursday, April 28, 2016. It said President Muhammadu Buhari made the fact known at the opening ceremony of the 56th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Sokoto.

He said, “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.”

Concerning the welfare of health professionals, the president said “government will review all previous agreements and take reasonable decisions that will not infringe on the rights of the workers This government will invest in programme that will improve capacity of all cadres of health workers.’’

DanielFayemi for encomium.ng

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