President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, in Daura, Katsina State, said Nigeria must reduce dependence on medical treatment abroad.
He, however, assured that the efforts by the Federal Government will be redoubled to improve health facilities, equipment and services in the country.
The President spoke at the commissioning ceremony of Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital in Daura.
He said the Federal Government had, in the last four years, invested resources in the health sector, with increased budgetary allocation moving from N259 billion (Two hundred and fifty-nine billion naira in 2015 to over N340 billion (Three hundred and forty billion naira) in 2018.
President Buhari said dependence on foreign countries for medical treatment can be reduced by turning around the health sector in the country, noting that health services in the rural areas deserved more attention.