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How to reduce travelling abroad for medical treatment —President Buhari

The president, who stated this at the commissioning ceremony of Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, Daura, Katsina State, also said that health services in the rural areas deserved more attention.



He said the Federal Government would redoubled efforts to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country, listing people living in rural areas as top priority for better health services.

The president said:  “Accordingly, significant strides have been made on life expectancy that would reduce some of the killer diseases associated with child and maternal mortality to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by the year 2030, as planned in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

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President Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said dependence on foreign countries for medical treatment could be reduced by turning around the health sector in the country.



In his remarks, Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar, said the 60-bed capacity hospital had a total of nine medical consultants, as well as 61 general medical practitioners and dentists.

The air chief also noted that the hospital had ultra-modern operating theatres, an intensive care unit, medical laboratory, eye and dental clinics and a physiotherapy department.

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