The Presidency has described a report that President Muhammadu Buhari will spend more on the state house clinic than on all federal government owned teaching hospital as off the mark and insensitive.
It could be recalled, according to an online report, if the 2016 proposed budget is approved as presented, the clinic will get N787m more than all the 16 teaching hospitals combined.
The presidency in a statement by the senior special assistant, media to the president, Garba Shehu however said contrary to the report, the total sum for health institutions as given by the director-general, budget office is more than N200bn.
‘‘According to the draft budget presented to the National Assembly, the budget for the clinic is N3.8b,’’ Garba added.
He said the teaching hospitals have more than 50 percent of the allocation for health and challenged anyone interested to check out the detailed allocations to the teaching hospitals, the federal medical centers and the specialist hospitals owned by the federal government.
“The increased spending on government health institutions in the current budget should be seen in the light of the administration’s plan to improve medical facilities at home as a way of discouraging overseas trips in search of treatment,’’ he said.