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FG pledges support for drug research

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—THE Federal Government has reiterated its readiness to support medical research in federal tertiary hospitals across the country as a way of bringing down the cost of health care services in the country.

Minister of Health,  Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, who disclosed this in Enugu State, said that government was poised to ensure that the teeming population of the country,  had access to medical care provided by government hospitals in the country,  stressing that government was working hard to discourage overseas travels for medical treatment.

Speaking at the 14th Joint graduation ceremony of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Training Schools, the Minister observed the efforts being made by government to attain the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs) would not be complete without medical research that could lead to new discoveries in the field of medicine by practitioners in the country.

He said, “the government is willing and ready to assist any of our federal tertiary hospitals in the area of medical research,  as the result of such research would be of great importance in bringing down the cost of healthcare delivery and also in making it more accessible to the teeming populace of our country.”


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