Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that Nigerians could no longer continue to abroad for medical treatment, noting that the trend must stop.
The President disclosed this at the handing over of completed projects to the Alex Ekweme Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. President Buhari was represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, at the occasion.
The President said that the project was constructed to check gully erosion and flooding in the Teaching Hospital and said that the intervention project would bring relief to the teaching hospital.
He further said that the South-East geopolitical zone of the country had been troubled by flooding, declaring that the siting of the project in Ebonyi State meant that no part of the country will be neglected again which was the order of the day in the past when the zone was neglected because of favouritism and corruption.
President Buhri said:
“We have paid very serious attention to the health of our people and will continue to do so. The projects you celebrate their completion today were seriously affecting the workings of this teaching hospital. But today, we can say their completion have started helping to improve on the performance and welfare of both the staff and patients of this hospital.
“I wish to use this medium to congratulate the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and his team in the Ecological Fund Office; the project contractor, Messrs Amayaro Nigeria Limited, as well as the project consultant, Messrs Kanode and Associates Limited, for their commitment to ensuring timely and speedy completion of the project.”