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Buhari Pledges To Increase Health Budget

President Muhammadu Buhari says the federal government is considering an upward review of budgetary allocation to the health sector to improve the quality and access to medical facilities across the country.

Mr Buhari, who will be standing for reelection next year made the pledge when he received the new executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the review will reflect the government’s priority of ensuring that Nigerians get better healthcare, especially in specialized areas.

“We place quality healthcare on our priority list, and we are already marching on with the Primary Health Care services and some state governors have bought into it.

“We are committed to universal health care.’’

The president assured the NMA that the White Paper from the Ahmed Yayale-led panel report on Inter-professional Harmony in the Healthcare Sector was already being considered by the government.

According to him, this is to ensure a more organized and harmonized working relationship among medical practitioners.

Mr Buhari, however, urged the medical practitioners to always consider their profession as a “divine call’’, especially in taking decisions that directly impact on the lives of Nigerians.

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