Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, has called for urgent passage of the healthcare bill into law, to help alleviate the enormous health challenges in the country.Speaking during the commissioning of Avon Dialysis Centre in Lagos yesterday, the Heirs Holdings boss, said with a proper health insurance scheme, more people would easily access healthcare.
He argued that passing the bill into law would give affordable healthcare to the citizenry, promote tourism and increase the enormous potentials in the sector.The less than five per cent of the population that signed up to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), according to Elumelu, is poor.
He added: “We need the legislature to pass the bill, and that will change the health sector. “As more people cannot pay for medical services, hospitals cannot invest more.”
He pleaded with the National Assembly to help deliver quality healthcare to Nigeria by ensuring that the healthcare bill is passed into law.
The chief executive officer of Avon Medical Services Limited, Dr. Awele Elumelu, said Avon Dialysis Centre was a response to the increased rate of diabetes, as reports show Nigeria as having the highest number of diabetic patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who was represented by the managing director of Gbagada General Hospital, Dr. Tayo Lawal, attributed the high rate of kidney failure among youths to excessive drug abuse.Lamenting brain drain, which has been affecting every critical sector in the country, Idris disclosed that an average of 15 young Nigerian doctors migrate to Britain weekly, robbing Nigerian hospitals of human resources.