President’s medical trips: Aisha Buhari laments fate of “Common Man”

The Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, on Monday decried the poor state of healthcare delivery in Nigeria and what it portends for Nigerians.
Recalling the recent trips made by the President to London for medical attention, Mrs Buhari wondered what would happen to Nigerians who could not afford to travel abroad for treatment and are forced to turn to poorly equipped hospitals.
“ If somebody like Mr President can spend several months outside Nigeria, then you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street in Nigeria ,” she said at the opening of a two-day Stakeholders meeting on RMNCAH+N –Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition in Abuja.
The meeting was organised by her pet project, Future Assured which has all state governors’ wives, development partners, primary healthcare coordinators and other state holders in attendance.
Mrs Buhari illustrated her concern with her experience after a recent visit to the State House Medical Centre. She had gone there for treatment, after rejecting advise to travel abroad for better care.
She said,
“Few weeks ago I was sick as well, they advised me to take the first flight out to London (but) I refused to go. I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us.”
Unfortunately, she discovered that despite the huge budgetary allocation to the centre, it wasn’t properly equipped.
Mrs Buhari, therefore, called for the probe of the budget for the medical centre.

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