The states and LGA’s in Nigeria have been challenged to show what they have done with their share from the subsidy re-investment and empowerment programme (Sure-P) funds.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu made this disclosure in Abuja, noting that the only report available to the public on the usage of the sure-P fund was that of the Federal Government, saying that nothing had been heard on how the other two tiers of government had spent theirs.
Prof. Chukwu emphasized that the issue of health is not primarily for the Federal Government alone, but for all tiers.
The Health Minister, who debunked the report that most Nigerians go abroad for medical treatment, claimed that only five percent still travel abroad for treatment, as majority were treated in the country.
He also revealed that the Ministry is working on a memo that will stop government officials from using public funds for treatment abroad.
He added that as a prelude to the memo, to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval, the ministry has compiled lists of Hospitals in the country that could handle certain cases.
The Minister further passed a vote of confidence on Nigerian Doctors, stating that he trusts them than other doctors.
He again revealed that the health sector has being carrying out some revolutions.
However, the Minister agreed that there were some areas where the country was still lacking but said there had been some improvements. ###