Reps move to end medical tourism in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives has moved to regulate foreign trips by public officers at the tax payer’s expense. This is coming through a bill to amend the National Health Act, to strengthen health institutions for efficient service delivery. The bill, sponsored by Sergius Ogun, highlighted the lawmakers’ concerns over the poor state of Nigeria’s health care system which has made medical tourism necessary. When signed into law, public officers seeking medical treatment abroad will have to foot the bills themselves. In another development, the Committee on Judiciary wants the executive to improve the 100 billion Naira 2018 allocation to the judiciary.
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The Committee Chairman, Aminu Shagari, harped on the need for judicious use of funds appropriated for various projects.
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