The Presidency has reacted to reports that the federal government budgeted N3.87 billion on capital projects at the State House Medical Centre, Aso Rock, Abuja.
The Presidency described the Premium Times’ report titled ‘2016 Budget: Buhari to Spend More State House Clinic Than all Federal Hospitals’, as misrepresentation of the truth of the budget proposals.
Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, released a statement on Tuesday, saying that “this report is not simply off the mark but one that is insensitive to the government’s effort to improve medical facilities at home in Nigeria.”
“According to the draft 2016 budget presented to the National Assembly by Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, the budget for the State House Clinic is N3.8bn. Contrary to the published newspaper report, the total for health institutions as given by the Director General, Budget Office is more than N200bn.”
“The 17 teaching hospitals have more than 50 percent of that allocation.6. Anyone interested can check out the detailed allocations to the teaching hospitals, the FMCs & the specialist hospitals owned by the FG.”
“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.”