The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced that the enhanced 2024 Budget proposed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is expected to result in a 61% surge in the health sector of the nation’s capital.
Dr. Adedolapo Fasawe, the Mandate Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCTA, shared this information during a scientific conference organized by the Association of Resident Doctors FCTA in Abuja on Wednesday. The objective is to mitigate brain drain, also known as the Japa syndrome, within the health sector.
According to her, the N27.5 trillion budget christened ‘renewed hope’ will bring about drastic infrastructural development in the FCT health sector and improved well-being for doctors and all health workers.
“The budget is an increase over the last budget. We believe this will translate to a 61 per cent increase in our health indices, better equipment in our hospital, and we will be able to employ more doctors in FCTA.
“For every doctor who leaves the system, we replace the person. As people leave, we also have people looking for Jobs. Most people leave not because of poor salaries or poor working conditions but because they don’t have the right equipment to work at times. We hope the Japa syndrome will reduce with the improved budget, the right equipment, and expansion of our hospitals and better roll-call”.
Earlier, the Senator representing FCT, Ireti Kingibe of the Labour Party (LP), begged doctors in Abuja not to relocate abroad.
Represented by Juliet Essien, a clinician, Ireti said the FCT will continue to receive improved budgetary allocation for its health sector.
“Let’s stay in Nigeria; we can fix the country”, he said.
Also, the President of ARD, FCTA, Dr Rahman Olayinka, urged the government to declare an emergency in the country’s health sector.
Pmnews.ng reports President Tinubu presented the 2024 budget to the National Assembly last Wednesday.
A budget breakdown showed that the country’s health sector got N1.33 trillion, representing 5 per cent of the total budget.
The development comes as The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, also presented an N61.6 billion Budget to the lawmakers.