Following the recent public hearing on National Health Bill organized by the Senate committee on health, Association of Medical Laboratories Scientists of Nigeria have appealed to the Senate to amend the health bill to accommodate existing laws in the health sector and also remove offending clauses and sections in the bill to avoid conflict and confusion.
The President of the association, Dr Godswill C. Okara, in a press statement made available to Leadership Sunday stated that the National Health Bill is full of contradictions, conflicting legal clauses and sections capable of worsening the declining condition of the Nigerian health sector.
“All the professional groups, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Physiotherapist, Radiographers and all the five registered labour unions in the health sector are calling for the removal of the identified offending clauses and sections of the bill and the insertion of clause and section to recorgnise the existing laws in the health sector to avoid conflict and confusion.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the health reform foundation of Nigeria are pushing for a quick passage of the bill without the amendment being sort by others. This is an open invitation to crisis of the worst dimension in the health sector.”
Dr. Okara further stated that the health coverage all over the world is provided through health insurance mechanism, but the proponent of the health bill is advocating for two percent of the federation consolidated fund to be allocated to heath care service in Local Government Areas.
“The proponent of this bill claim that Nigeria exists in an island of itself and therefore allocates 2 percent of the nation’s consolidated fund for health care service in the local government. Money statutorily allocated to Local Government which should be used for provision of health and other infrastructure are being misapplied and misused. The national assembly can easily make laws to free these funds.
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