The presidency has refuted a report that the Federal Government intends to spend more money on the State House Clinic than on all federal government owned teaching hospitals, describing the story as “not simply off the mark but one that is insensitive to the government’s effort to improve medical facilities at home in Nigeria.”
A statement by Malam Garba Shehu, Garba Shehu, SSAP (Media and Publicity), said that “according to the draft 2016 budget presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, the budget for the State House Clinic is N3.8b.
“Contrary to the published newspaper report, the total for health institutions as given by the Director-General, Budget Office is more than N200 billion. The 17 teaching hospitals have more than 50 percent of that allocation.
“Anyone interested can check out the detailed allocations to the teaching hospitals, the federal medical centers and the specialist hospitals owned by the federal government.
“It is also important to explain that the State House Clinic is not the President, or anyone’s personal clinic but one which looks after government officials and many others who are not.
“The increased spending on government health institutions in the current budget should be seen in the light of the administration’s plan to improve medical facilities at home as a way of discouraging overseas trips in search of treatment by citizens which eat away from our foreign exchange, the statement concluded.