First Lady, Daughter Escaped Plan Crash, Seek More Investment In Health Sector

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The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari and her daughter, Hanan Buhari have reportedly escaped a plane crash while returning from United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Mrs Buhari said she had travelled to Dubai for medical treatment, and was returning back to the country in a Nigerian Air force plane.

She said via her twitter page that “On our way back, the Nigerian Airforce Flight encountered a violent clear air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the Captain and crew of the Flight.”

Mrs Buhari did not disclose what she was treated for, but she said in her tweet that she “was well now and fully recovered” and had returned to the country.

She praised the courage and professionalism of the captain and his crew, and spoke of the quality of maintenance of the Airforce’s fleet.

“I want to commend and appreciate the courage and professionalism of the Captain and his crew, the wonderful gallant service men and women of the entire Nigerian Airforce for their dedication to duty and the quality of maintenance of its Fleet,” she tweeted.

Members of the first family, including President Muhammadu Buhari, and their close relatives regularly travel outside the country for medical reasons.

In PMB’s first term in office, Mr President spent several months in the UK where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed sickness.

In her tweets, Mrs Buhari urged healthcare providers in the country to apply for the federal government’s credit support.

“I recall hosting the private healthcare Providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge,” she wrote.

“I therefore call on the healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare SecLady as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020 to the Commercial Banks.

“This will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the Country.”

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