By Chioma Obinna & Oluwaseyi Adeshina
lagos—THE Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has called for a compulsory health insurance for all Nigerians, saying, ‘it is a major ingredient that will ensure universal health coverage in the country.
Challenging government at all levels to rise up to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of where they live, the President , NMA, Prof Mike Ogrima said health should be occupying top place in the government’s priority list without which the country’s health indices will not improve.
According to him: “We need compulsory health insurance scheme, social health insurance scheme for our people, we need more funding into the healthcare system, and these are the ingredients that will ensure universal health coverage so that every Nigerian should be able to access health in any section of the Nigeria they lived. Health cannot be left in the hands of government alone.”
We must complement but we want to use this opportunity to inform them that they must realise that health should be an important programme in their government.”
Speaking, the Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos State, Valentine Oluwaseyi Braimoh who lauded the effort of the medical doctors said the people in the grassroots are finding it difficult to treat themselves, hence, the need for local government authorities to find ways of complementing their efforts.
Earlier, the Chairman, B-Zone, Mile 2 Estate, Lagos, Pastor Babalola Balogun expressed joy by the turn out of residents of the area, urging the NMA to make it a quarterly programme for their people