Mrs Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President has appealed to private medical institutions in Nigeria to reduce the high cost of their services in the country.
Aisha Buhari made the appeal when the officials of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria visited her Wednesday in her office at the State House, Abuja.
She observed that many Nigerians who do not have access to public health services resort to private hospitals which are very expensive and this has implications on not just the patients but the nation’s health indices.
In a statement by Suleiman Haruna, Director of Informationt, Office of Wife of the President, State House, the First Lady lamented the brain drain in the health sector, saying people travel abroad mostly to be treated by Nigerian practitioners.
She called for better working conditions for them so that they are encouraged to remain in Nigeria and also urged the association to check cases of malpractice by private hospitals, which are becoming more rampant.
Aisha Buhari also recommended a Public-Private Partnership, whereby private sector firms can invest in the health sector and reduce the burden on government.