The National Health Act

Posted by florida - December 11, 2014 - Blog - 1 Comment

The National Health Act has been ten years in the making, as chronicled in this Nigeria Health Watch piece written by Felix Abraham Obi. The harmonised version was passed by both the lower and upper house of the National Assembly and submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan for assent on October 28th 2014. After nearly two months of advocacy and keeping up pressure on the President to sign the bill into law by Health Sector Reform Coalition, Nigeria Health Watch and a number of other health CSOs/NGOs,  including CHELD, the Nigeria’s National Health Act is finally reality! Official confirmation arrived this past Tuesday, December 9, 2014, through the Presidency spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati that the President had assented to the Bill. We encourage you to download the e-copy of the final version of the Bill. A copy of the Act as signed by the President will be posted by CHELD shortly.

 

CHELD is delighted about this. As you already know, CHELD employs law, policy, ethics promotion and research to improve public health in Nigeria. Legislation like the National Health Act makes it easier to identify the rights of Nigerians as patients in respect of health care establishment so but perhaps more importantly  as citizens with entitlements from the government. In essence, it increases the possibility of accountability, and provides a mechanism for enforcing it.

 

The National Health Act contains provisions relating to the establishment of a National Health System, sets out the rights of users of health services, and provides for the establishment of a fund with specific delineation of what each part of the health system will receive amongst other provisions.

As part of our mission to promote health literacy which is to provide information on, and analyses of current policy responses to health issues, we will be bringing you daily breakdown of aspects of the new legislation. We are already doing this on social media. So do please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CHELDNG.
At the end of each week, we will collate the sections of the law discussed on social media and summarise on the website. Do join us for those too. Any comments or concerns are welcomed. Email info@cheld.org or f.uzoaru@cheld.org. We welcome all contributions.
Thanks.
Florida Uzoaru
Public Health Specialist
Centre for Health, Ethics, Law and Development
Follow me on Twitter @MsUzoaru
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