Category: Community Health

Nigeria’s National Health Act and the Promise of Universal Health Coverage

Posted by - March 20, 2015 - Blog, Child Health and Survival, Community Health, Human Resources for Health

Recently, I found myself stupefied by a statement by Dr Femi Thomas, the Executive Director of the NHIS on the amounts spent on health versus the amounts needed for universal health coverage in Nigeria. Currently we expend about 2.5 trillion naira, which includes premiums for national health plans, monies spent out of pockets and various [...]

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Today is the World Universal Health Coverage Day

Posted by - December 14, 2014 - Community Health

Majority of Nigerians die from preventable diseases that don’t require rocket science to be addressed, and only about 5% of Nigerians (federal civil servants) are covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which the Federal Government pays 100% of the premium since the scheme started in 2005. This is from tax payers money by [...]

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Health Empowerment: Do You Know Your Rights?

Posted by - April 30, 2012 - Blog, Community Health

Do you know your rights in respect of your health?  Do you know what to expect of the government?  Of your doctor? Your nurse? Other health care professionals? Do you know what you are entitled to under Nigerian law?  There is an assumption that people, particularly among the elite, know what their legal and human [...]

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