The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop going abroad to seek medical treatments when ill.
Naija News reports that Buhari on Friday urged Nigerians to stop going abroad to seek medical treatment.
Speaking while inaugurating projects at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, on Friday, Buhari said Nigeria can no longer afford to see its citizens travel abroad for treatment.
“Nigerians have suffered so much going abroad for medical treatment. This is not good for us and it must stop because we can’t afford it again,” he said.
The president has constantly embarked on numerous trip to the UK to seek medical care since he assumed office.
Reacting in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP asked Buhari to lead by example.
The party said Buhari leads on the medals table of those who embark on medical tourism from Nigeria.
PDP said: “Our party describes as ridiculous, a situation where a President, who patronises foreign hospitals for treatment & even check-ups; whose administration has failed to provide adequate healthcare in his country could turn around to pontificate to other citizens against foreign treatment,” he said.
“While the PDP do not approve of proliferated foreign medical tourism, especially by leaders & public office holders, our party holds that a leader who has failed to lead by example and whose government has neglected and wrecked our healthcare systems, lacks all rectitude to issue directives against foreign treatment.
“Mr President can then discover that our health system has suffered untold neglect under his watch, leading to dilapidated infrastructure, empty drug shelves, decrepit and worn-out equipment, brain-drain and a demoralised workforce worse than his 1983 recollections.
“It is even more disheartening that all the investments and robust programmes of successive PDP administration, including the comprehensive National Strategic Health Development Plan, Saving One Million Lives Initiatives, National Health Insurance Scheme, among others, have been degraded and impaired by the dysfunctional APC administration.”
The party called on Buhari to take steps to improve on the nation’s healthcare system so that Nigerians can have access to adequate and affordable healthcare.