The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has explained why he does not patronise Nigerian hospitals.
The former vice president said he would address those challenges if elected president in 2023.
He said, “Nigerian healthcare facilities that cater to my health may not be available. You know that we have limitations. We have been talking about those limitations.”
On the way out, Atiku said, “Let us
deal with the medical challenges at the lower level. Basically, what is required is basic health to cater to the greater population of the people.
“I think we are not investing enough as a government as far as that level is concerned.
“The second level, which is medical tourism, which thousands of Nigerians go outside to receive: we really need to sit down with the private sector and say look, we want you to invest in the health sector. What kinds of incentives do you need?
“It requires dialogue. I believe the private sector will come up.”
Atiku stated this during a debate organised for presidential candidates by Arise TV.
Our correspodent reports that out of the four presidential candidates invited to the meeting, three attended: Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party. Bola Ahmed Tinubu of APC chose to feature at Chatham House interview.