Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said the healthcare delivery system is crucial to national security.
Speaking during the commissioning of the General Hospital in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, the ex-President asked governments at all levels to ensure that the healthcare needs of Nigerians meet the United Nations specifications on health.
According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everyone including administrators, politicians and professionals that health-related issues should no longer be taken for granted.
He equally commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel for the provision of health infrastructures, on whose invitation he was in the state to inaugurate the medical facility.
“Let me thank the governor for making it possible for me to be linked to this unique project. We have to commend the governor because health is key. When you are talking about national security, the health security is quite prominent,” he said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everybody, be it professionals, politicians, administrators that health in the nation is key and we have to do everything possible to strengthen the infrastructure to deliver the health needs.”
On his part, Governor Emmanuel said the commissioning of the hospital is a fulfilment of his campaign promises to the people to construct medical facilities across the federal constituencies in the state.
The governor was represented by the state deputy governor, Moses Ekpo.