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FG Should Provide Health Insurance For Vulnerable Nigerians – Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has come out to urge the Federal Government to use 25 per cent of funds expended on fuel subsidy to provide health insurance for vulnerable Nigerians.

He recently revealed this when he received the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, who visited him at Government House, Asaba.

According to him, FG should stop spending lots of money in subsidizing fuel for the rich without consideration for the vulnerable in the society, plus the nation will experience peace if 25 per cent of the subsidy funds was deployed for an insurance scheme for the less-privileged.

He then hailed the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their efforts in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far.

His words, “I am glad that you are in Delta to inaugurate the ECR machine at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.Although we have lost some lives, God has kept us safe and the anticipation of the world didn’t come to pass.”

“We are in a very difficult time in our nation Nigeria and the more we pay special attention to the vulnerable people the better the society we will have.”

“I thank God that the 7th Senate passed the National Health Bill which became an Act, and I must commend you and the Ministry for making funds available for the running of the basic health care fund provision.”

“The basic health care fund provision has come to the aid of local government areas and the primary health care centres.”

“If we are able to address health insurance for the vulnerable in our society, it will help us to reduce maternal mortality and the more we are able to reduce those indices the better for us as a nation.”

“The money being used to subsidise fuel today, if 25 per cent is spent to provide health insurance for all Nigerians that have not been able to afford health care, it will help us as a nation.”

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