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Bill To Prohibit Overseas Treatment For Public Officers Passes Second Reading



‎The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to prohibit public officials from accessing medicare treatment abroad at the expense of the government. The bill which seeks to amend the National Health Act 2014 is sponsored by Hon Sergius Ogun.

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.