Health Care Federation of Nigeria

enuguThe mood at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu was very tense today as the management of the hospital led by the Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwuekwe unleashed actions best described as tyrannical on the members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) who commenced an indefinite strike action to agitate for many anomalies in the hospital.

A staff of the hospital spoke exclusively and anonynously to The staff who is also a first witness to the whole incident said JOHESU embarked on the strike for many reasons including:

fasolaThe bill is pro-poor in nature recognising that the poor and vulnerable will need to have subsidised premiums from the state government.

It's a new dawn for health care in Lagos state as Governor Babatunde Fashola has signed into law the Lagos State Health Management Agency Bill, which will mandate Lagosians to have compulsory health insurance. According to Business Day, the bill is pro-poor in nature recognising that the poor and vulnerable will need to have subsidised premiums from the state government.

Speaking on the bill, Fashola said: “For those who cannot afford the scheme Lagos State is not saying there is no free health anymore, but we know that there are things that are covered under the free health like malaria treatment and antenatal. For those things that are not covered by the health scheme and cannot be afforded by the less privileged, it will be paid for.”

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has established a Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF) as part of efforts to enhance output growth, value added productivity, and job creation. This will be used to support large enterprises for start-ups and expansion financing needs of between N500 million and N10 billion. Businesses within the scope of the Facility are manufacturing, agricultural value chain, and select service sub-sectors – hospitals, schools and hotels.

hcarebillIn a development that sure will pass for the greatest thing to happen in the health sector in the year 2014 and one of the best presidential assents under the administration of President Goodluck  Jonathan given to any legislation, the National Health Bill has finally been passed into law. This happened last night and was eventually confirmed by Dr. Reuben Abati on his Twitter account. Titled, A Framework for the Regulation, Development and Management of a National Health System and set Standards for Rendering Health Services in the Federation, and Other Matters Connected there with, 2014, itcomes as a big source of celebration for the  Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN), having invested a lot of efforts into the passage of the bill.

During a courtesy visit made by the Ministerial Committee to establish World Class hospitals in 6 geo political zones of the country to the Deputy Senate President Mr. Ike Ekwerenmadu on the 20th October, 2014, the HFN President speaking on behalf of the Private Health Sector strongly advocated that the senate in addition to ensuring the National Health Insurance and National Health Bills are passed , also should look into the area of incentives to encourage investors especially approving zero % duty tax  on Medical Equipment and Pharmaceutical products.

The recent exclusion of “Finished Goods” from the foreign exchange RDAS window has created concern across the entire healthcare sector as this development will increase the cost of healthcare commodities by at least 20 %.

The HFN has therefore appealed to the Central Bank and Ministries of Health and Finance to look into ways to ensure that Healthcare commodities and equipment are excluded from the list of “Finished goods” suggesting the model applied with Value Added Tax where healthcare tops the list of the items excluded from this tax structure.

Please click HERE see the front page Business Day article on CBN  Directive.


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