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.
“Accordingly, significant strides have been made to life expectancy and reduced some of the killer diseases associated with child and maternal mortality to less than 70 deaths per 100, 000 live births by the year 2030, as planned in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.