Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Minister charges private sector on health investment

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has challenged members of the Organized Private Sector, OPS, in the country to invest in the health sub-sector to stop medical tourism abroad by Nigerians. 

He gave the challenge while receiving the Resident Doctors Association of Nigeria, REDAN, FCT chapter, led by its president, Dr. Isaac Akerele that paid him a courtesy visit in his office. 

Bello insisted that Nigeria is blessed; it has all the requisite manpower and therefore called on well-meaning Nigerians to focus on investing in the sub-sector. 

He observed that such investment would go a long way in saving the country from avoidable spending of the country’s hard currency, which unnecessarily depletes the foreign reserve. 

The minister called for rededication from all professionals working in the health sub-sector to move the sector to greater heights. 

Bello appreciated the patriotic zeal and sacrifice being made by the medical doctors across the country particularly those working in the FCT and urged them to continue in that stride. 

He promised to partner with the residents doctors as well as other professionals in the health sub-sector to improve the service delivery in the sector. 

Bello assured that rules and regulations would be sternly followed to the later in administering the territory in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. 

He 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. 

Speaking earlier, president of the resident doctors, Dr. Isaac Akerele, urged the minister to build more hospitals in the territory to reduce overcrowding in the existing ones. 

Akelere also called for capacity building for personnel in all the sectors in the hospitals. 

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