The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari has advocated a review of multiple taxation levied to private hospitals and a lack of access to reasonable credit facilities.
The wife of the President said this while receiving the Guild of Medical Directors when they paid her a courtesy call Thursday in Abuja.
Saluting the courage of the medical practitioners, she urged policy makers to review policies to enhance funding in the sector.
” Let me use this opportunity to salute your courage for the great work you do for humanity
“I would like to call on financial policy makers to consider impressing on both development banks and other financial institutions, for the downward review of the interest rate for loans meant for the establishment of private hospitals”
She urged the Medical Directors to ” be Vigilant and to put in place stringent infection prevention and control measures in their health facilities ” for their protection and that of the general public.
In his speech, the Chairman Guild of Medical Directors, Prof Babalola Femi who thanked the first Lady for receiving the guild, commended her pet project ‘ Future assured ‘ and assured her of the readiness of the guild to collaborate with the project. He said ” if the private health care space is made conducive and attractive , other Nigerians will be encouraged to invest in the sector thus providing the much needed economic growth for our country”.
Prof Babalola decried the lack of appropriately designated land for hospitals, lamenting that some of the few allocated spaces have been given to Non Doctors, forcing most private hospitals to operate in spaces not meant for hospitals.
He also noted that there are no intervention funds or grants thus forcing Doctors to go for high interest commercial loans which discourages some investors in the health sector.
Also present was the wife of the Vice-President Mrs Dolapo Osinbanjo.
The Guild of Medical Directors according to Prof. Babalola is ” a body representing all proprietors of private hospitals and clinics of our great nation to see to the advancement and provision of quality private health care”.