Importation of medical equipment now duty-free - Health Minister

By The Citizen

The Federal Government has announced that importation of medical equipment for hospitals and medical centres will henceforth be duty-free.

The Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu who represented President Jonathan disclosed this at the official opening of Lifebridge Medical Diagnostic Centre in Abuja.

The Minister said the policy was an incentive and encouragement to investors in the Health Sector of the nation. He observed that the equipment at the centre are world class and commended the Chairman of the Centre, Senator I.G. Abana for the huge investment he made.

He observed that with the availability of such state of the art equipment, there was no need for Nigerians to travel abroad for medical check and treatment which will be obtained in the country at cheaper cost.

Some of the personalities who were present at the occasion include Dr. Rul Garma, representative of World Health Organization, WHO in Nigeria, Dr. Ibrahim, Registrar Nigerian Mental and Dental Council and Justice Allagoa of the Federal High Court.