A committee set up by the federal government has uncovered over 84 abandoned hospital projects
The committee, known as the Presidential Committee on the Establishment of World Class Medical Facilities and Diagnostic Centres in Nigeria, therefore, called on the National Assembly to pass the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill.
Chairman of the committee, Mr. Tony Elumelu, stated this Thursday, at the State House, Abuja.
Charged with the responsibility of implementing the objective of the committee, Elumelu said “We updated the President on the journey so far. We took statistics of hospital projects in the country that have not been completed, and we came up with 84 hospital projects across the country. We shared this with Mr. President.
“Our intent is to see how this committee, working with this government, can help to bring closure in terms of completion of these hospitals so that our people will stop travelling to India, South Africa and other places for medical attention and care.”
Elumolu added that Nigerians deserve good medical facilities and proper attention at this time. He also appealed to Nigerians to urge the National Assembly in passing the NHIS Bill into law. He said its passage will unlock opportunities in the health sector.
“That will provide the much needed effective demand of funding that will help the sector to take off. If our Senate and the House of Representatives do not pass the NHIS Bill, we won’t achieve much.
“So, as our lawmakers go back to their constituencies to seek election mandate, we should ask them to please give us the National Health Bill and the NHIS Bill that will help us as a country make progress in this sphere,” said Elumelu.