Nigeria’s Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called on members of the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to invest in the health sector to stop medical tourism abroad by Nigerians.
The Minister while receiving the Resident Doctors Association of Nigeria (REDAN), FCT Chapter, led by it President, Dr. Isaac Olubanjo Akerele, in Abuja, said Nigeria is blessed and has needed manpower that would carter for the country without travelling abroad if invested into the sector.
Malam Bello also noted that investing in the country’s health sectors will go a long way in saving Nigeria from avoidable spending of the country’s hard currency, which depletes the foreign reserve unnecessarily.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to focus on investing in the sector to move it to the greater heights.
“I appreciate patriotic zeal and sacrifice being made medical doctors across the country particularly those working in the Federal Capital Territory, I urged you to continue in that stride”, Malam Bello noted.
He promised to partner with the residents doctors as well as other professionals in the health sector to improve the service delivery in the sector.
“FCT Administration is proud of the residents Doctors and will continue to give you the needed support for the wonderful job you have been doing, considering the population explosion, which has led to overstretching of facilities.
“Rules and regulations would be strictly followed to the later in administering the Federal Capital Territory in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration”, the Minister explained.
Malam Bello called for patience, commitment and support from the resident doctors in order to improve service delivery in the sector to the residents of the Territory.
Earlier, the President of the Resident Doctors Association of Nigeria of Nigeria, FCT Chapter, Dr. Isaac Olubanjo Akerele urged the Minister to build more hospitals in the Territory to reduce overcrowding in the existing ones.
Dr. Akelere also called for capacity building for personnel in all the sectors in the hospitals.