The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar on Sunday evaded questions on using Nigerian health facilities if he emerges president in the 2023 election.
Atiku failed to accept that he would use the facility during a town hall meeting organised by Arise TV in conjunction with the Centre For Democracy and Development (CDD).
The event was attended by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and the flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu was absent from the event.
An anchor during the event had asked if the presidential candidates would declare their health status if elected and Atiku said he would declare his health status if the need arises.
The former vice president when asked if he was prepared to use facilities in the country said, “The Nigerian health facilities that carter for my health may not be available. You know that we have limitations. We have been talking about those limitations.”
On his plan for ensuring that healthcare delivery is readily available and affordable, Atiku said, “I will review the Nigeria Health Insurance Scheme system initiated while I was Vice President, and make it inclusive and affordable for all Nigerians.
“We need to first address the issue of primary healthcare. After addressing this, which affects the majority of our citizens, then we can focus on the secondary and tertiary levels. The truth is that we are not investing enough as a government in the medical sector.”