OrderPaperToday – The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to mobilize the National Assembly for holistic reforms in Nigeria’s health sector and an end to corruption.
The non-profit, legal and advocacy organisation also said the National Assembly has a duty to encourage high-ranking government officials and their families to use the country’s healthcare system rather than seeking medical treatment abroad.
This is coming off the back of President Muhammadu Buhari’s current visit to the United Kingdom for a routine medical check up.
SERAP noted that the systemic corruption in the health sector has continued to have significant implications for poor Nigerians while politicians enjoy access to private healthcare using public funds.
The advocacy organization further urged the leadership of the National Assembly to immediately nudge the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to probe corruption in the health sector and its severe impact on the right to health of poor Nigerians, publish their findings and bring suspected perpetrators to justice.
SERAP further noted that reducing corruption in the health sector would improve access to healthcare for poor Nigerians.
Recall that SERAP had earlier called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders of the legislature to urgently move to avert resident doctors’ strike billed to start on Thursday 1st April by re-directing and using part of the N42bn budgeted to renovate the National Assembly building to pay doctors’ salary arrears and other entitlements.
Recall also that the presidency is expected to send a request to the National Assembly under the supplementary budget for additional funding for Covid-19 vaccination and outfitting security agencies.