President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the release of N100bn to health care investors and indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers as an intervention by the federal government to expand their capital base and boost local production of medicines and medical consumables.
This was disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja during a meeting between the new executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the president.
He said, the loan would be facilitated through the Central Bank of Nigeria to support the private pharmaceutical sector.
Speaking on brain drain in the health sector, Buhari said he had directed the Minister of Health to look into ways of turning “brain drain” to “brain gain” by engaging top Nigerian medical experts in the diaspora in knowledge and skills repatriation.
The President extended a congratulatory message to a former president of the body Osahon Enabulele, president-elect of the World Medical Association, the first Nigerian to hold the position, he expressed confidence in Enabulele towards improving health care delivery in Nigeria and lower income countries.
NMA President Uche Rowland Ojinmah asked Buhari to ensure full and appropriate implementation of the National Health Insurance Authority Act, provision of “adequate work equipment, conducive work environment and necessary budget support as well as elongation of the retirement age for medical consultants to 70 years and 65 years for non-consultant doctors and other healthcare workers.
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TINUBU BEATS OSINBAJO, 12 OTHERS TO WIN APC PRESIDENTIAL TICKET
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been announced the winner of party’s primary elections.
The former Governor of Lagos garnered half of the total votes to beat his major opponents, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
About 2,322 delegates from across the country had stormed Eagles Square, Abuja, to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Asiwaju of Lagos got 1,299 votes, his major opponents, Amaechi and Osinbajo secured 316 and 235 votes respectively.
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan got 152 votes while the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, scored 47 votes.
Among all the aspirants who procured the N100 million nomination forms, 23 were successfully screened to participate in the primary.
With the current development, Tinubu will face the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other party candidates to battle for the top political office in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Bola Tinubu – 1299
Rotimi Amaechi – 316
Yemi Osinbajo – 235
Ahmed Lawan – 152
Yahaya Bello – 47
Dave Umahi – 28
Prof Ben Ayade – 37
Rochas Okorocha- 0
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