President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reform of the military healthcare system.
The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the Defence Health Maintenance Limited stakeholders’ meeting.
Magashi, represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ibrahim Kana, said the military healthcare system had lost its past glory.
“We’ve gotten the approval of the president to reform the entire health system of the military. At our last meeting with all the services, we all agreed the health system was in need of a reform in the medical system,” he said.
The minister said a consulting firm had been hired to take a deep look into the military healthcare system.
He said the preliminary report had been submitted and would be reviewed before the end of the year.
“For people who have been in Nigeria, 40 years back, you’ll know that the system of the Armed Forces is not exactly what its today. We hope to bring it back and ensure it plays a vital role in the delivery of healthcare delivery in the country through this reform,” he said.
He said with the reforms, the number of interns would be increased and there would also be massive recruitment into the healthcare system.