FG assures Nigerians of improved healthcare system

The Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa, has reassured of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving Nigeria’s healthcare system.

He stated this on Wednesday during his maiden visit to the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research in Lagos.

According to him, President Bola Tinubu is determined to improve and revitalise the country’s healthcare system.

He said the FG would provide sustainable healthcare that can deliver the best care and services possible to Nigerians.

The minister said he was impressed with the level of work and the available equipment in the research institute.

Alausa promised that the issue of inadequate funding and shortage of staff would be addressed to further enhance the capacity of the institute.

”The purpose of my visit today is to meet with the staff, hear their challenges, access what is on the ground, and find out how best to support them.

”I am very impressed with the level of equipment on the ground and this is enough to bring a post-doctorate fellowship here because they have the facilities to support it.

”In two or more years’ time, they can have up to 300 people doing post-doctorate fellowship here.

”And it will help to meet our needs and aspirations for further extensive research that will be of benefit to Nigeria. Research and support will be a big part of what we will be doing in this administration,” he added.

The Director-General of NIMR, Professor Babatunde Salako, expressed optimism that the visit would yield positive results for the institute.

He said that some of the ministers had worked and lived in the U.S. where research and education were taken seriously.

”They have come with a lot of experience and I believe it will bear on research in the country and they also promise to improve funding on research.

”We need to continue to do more evangelism to decision-making to allocate more budget to research,” Alausa said.


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