A Bill to stop public servants from travelling abroad at the expense of the Federal Government for treatment of ailments that can be satisfactorily tackled in Nigeria, is to be presented to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, this year.
President Goodluck Jonathan,
is also billed to flag off a stroke awareness campaign in Abuja, as part
of measures to tackle the rising burden of stroke, hypertension and
other cardiovascular diseases in the country.
weekend, during the presentation of his score card to the press,
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Federal Ministry of
Health was already compiling a list of health facilities that could
handle specific ailments that Nigerians often go abroad to treat.
who observed that the Bill, which was being carefully composed, would
become effective this year, asserted that compilation of the list began
last year. He said even though the list is not exhaustive, it is being
His words: "It is correct to say the Federal
government will not sponsor any case that can be satisfactorily handled
in Nigeria. We are still at the level of the top management committee of
the health ministry. It is a long process, we do not want to send a
half-baked memo to the FEC, so it has to be well thought out and we have
to carry people along.
"It is not enough for the Minister of
Health to ask the President-in-Council that we should no longer sponsor
public servants for cases that can be handled in Nigeria. We should know
where these cases can be handled here