Buhari at the 31st AU Summit in Mauritania (photo credit: State House)

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the Federal Government is planning on increasing the budgetary allocation to the health sector in order to improve access to adequate medical facilities.

The president made this known on Thursday when he received the new executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the Presidential Villa.

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In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president said the review of the budgetary allocation would reflect the government’s priority of ensuring that Nigerians get better healthcare.

“We place quality healthcare on our priority list and we are already marching on with the Primary Health Care services and some state governors have bought into it. We are committed to universal health care,” said Buhari.

Buhari also assured the leaders of the NMA that the White Paper from the Ahmed Yayale-led panel report on Inter-professional Harmony in the Healthcare Sector was already being considered by the government to ensure more organized and harmonized working relationships among medical practitioners.

The president said other means of negotiation for better working conditions should be explored instead of strikes.