The first lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed heartfelt gratitude to the people of Nigeria for their spiritual and emotional support throughout her treatment period abroad.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment. I am well now and fully recovered and had since returned back home, Nigeria.” she wrote on Facebook.
The Buhari led administration has faced series of criticisms following the decision to fly the first lady abroad for treatment; according to the critics, the government has, over the years, refused to build or resource existing health facilities to enable them to provide quality health care to the people of Nigeria.
However, the official thanksgiving statement of the First Lady highlighted the need for capacity building for the health sector. She stated that, “I recall hosting the private healthcare Providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge.”
She further called on the healthcare providers to take advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020, to the Commercial Banks.
According to her, “this will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the country.”