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NBA lauds Fed Govt on mandatory health insurance

NIGERIAN Bar Association (NBA) has lauded the Federal Government for making health insurance mandatory for Nigerians in the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Act signed in May by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It noted that compulsory health insurance would ensure  poor and vulnerable Nigerians access qualitative healthcare, and ensure productivity, leading to economic growth.

NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, spoke in Abuja during a visit to NHIA’s Director-General, Prof. Mohammed Sambo.

He pledged to provide free health cover for over 1,000 NBA members.

Maikyau said: “The benefits with this authority are the guarantee of financing for healthcare access to Nigerians. If you have healthy people, you can guarantee productivity. The public sector, entertainers etc. will be efficient because we have got it right. Also, the pressure suffered by doctor will go down.

“The inadequacy for the budgetary allocation for health will be dealt with. Also, the pressure on facilities will reduce, and they will begin to regain their sanity. This will lead to providing a healthy, productive people and nation.

“NBA has looked at the law and seen the innovation the law has brought in. I am delighted that health insurance is compulsory for Nigerians because there can’t be justice if we cannot guarantee the wellbeing of Nigerians; health is a right they should enjoy…

“We will interrogate the grey areas in the most civil way to get clarity. This will be done by the court. This will give it meaning to see the primary objective of the law.”

Prof. Sambo, appreciating the support of NBA, said it would ramp up efforts to engage critical stakeholders and ensure the over 83 million vulnerable Nigerians were captured in the health insurance net as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.