The Nigerian lawmaker are debating a bill to amend the national health act to regulate international trips for medical treatment by public officers. The bill will look to specify the amount of public fund spent on public officials seeking foreign medical treatment.
Repeatedly, governmental officials in Nigeria have typically resorted to going abroad to seek medical treatment. Recently, the president Muhammadu Buhari spent 5months in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.
Also, on September 2015, Godswill Akpabio, Former Governor of Akwa ibom State after
commissioning a $95 million hospital was flown to London to be treated for car crash.
In the past Nigerians have protested against government officials going abroad to get treatments that can easily be handled in our local hospitals.
The bill, which was introduced by an opposition party lawmaker, has now passed second reading.
Government officials spending tax payers money is an issue owing to the fact that they funnel public funds to countries with already developed healthcare structures and abandons the local hospital that needs the cash. It also reduces faith of the public in the local hospital, the local hospital is not seen as priority by government officials as they do not depend on them to stay alive.
If only the bill will be giving attention and passed into law, probably the local hospitals will be given the much needed attention.