Ogun, in his lead debate, said the bill seeks to put an end to huge cost incurred by the government in the treatment of public officials abroad. “I want to make it clear that it does not bar anybody that has its money from getting treatment abroad. “Nigeria is the only country where the president is flown out for treatment have and brought back home to die.
“Nigeria is the only country where the president is flown out for six months, without us knowing the cost of the treatment.” Ogun decried the poor state of health facilities in the country and urged the House to take action to reverse the ugly situation in the interest of the people, who voted them into office.
The lawmaker, while canvassing support for the bill, said if it is passed it would strengthen existing public and private institutions in the country. Besides, he said the passage of the bill would “facilitate the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)in relation to health through the establishment of strong health institutions and vigilant regulatory authorities.”
Lawmakers, who contributed to the debate, lauded the bill, stating that it will go a long way in improving health care in the country.
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