Buhari says more resources needed to tackle emerging diseases

 


THE President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday said emerging diseases had made it important for all countries to increase resource allocation.


According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke at the virtual inauguration of capital projects executed by the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.


The statement was titled, ‘At commissioning of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, President assures (Nigerians) of improved healthcare delivery services nationwide’.



Adesina quoted the President as saying “Emerging diseases have made it necessary for all nations to increase and improve resource application for coping with the challenges or adapting to the new normal.


“This goes on in Borno State side-by-side with efforts to tackle insurgency and criminal activities.”


He noted that the increase in personnel and allocation at UMTH would optimise services provided by the activation of the new projects.



Among projects inaugurated by the President are a newly constructed and fully equipped 150-bed Trauma Centre, a new General Outpatient Department, a complex for National Health Insurance Scheme, a multipurpose Auditorium and Conference Centre constructed and furnished by Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Governor of Borno State.


Buhari also inaugurated a new hostel for the UMTH School of Nursing, constructed by the Federal Government.


Meanwhile the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday called on the international community to act in unison and use latest available technology and tools to address the tuberculosis epidemic.


According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari calls for urgent international response on TB cases’, the President made the call in his goodwill message to the roundtable conference of the Board of the Global Stop TB Partnership.



Adesina quoted the President as saying, “As I mentioned during the UN High Level Meeting in 2018, it is now even more urgent that the global community, especially the African region, act in unison with rededicated efforts, using the latest available technology and tools to address the TB epidemic.”

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