President Muhammadu has been charged to restrain political office holders, alongside other government officials from seeking oversees medical treatments.
This call came on Sunday through the Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Tope Ojo.
Speaking at a press conference as part of activities leading to its General Meeting/Scientific conference in Lagos, Ojo called on the president to direct the heads of various government agencies in the country Â to ensure that the policy takes effect immediately.
Dr Ojo expressed sadness that public officeholders still used public funds to pay for medical treatment in India, the United Kingdom and the United States for ailments that could be handled effectively in local health facilities.
According to Ojo, “The ban on overseas Â medical treatment Â should be implemented Â immediately if the president Â is committed to eradicating corruption. Why should government pay for a treatment that could have been handled in any Nigerian hospital?
“The Federal Government must insist that Nigerians should access health care locally Â to help generate funds to Â equip Â hospitals and also recover the billions of naira that Nigerian patients have paid Â to develop other countries health care system.”