This will lead me to the brief history of the National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS} which is well known in the country.
Some hours ago , members of the Nigerian Medical Association released a statement to news men concerning the increase in the price of drugs which is now being sold at different pharmaceutical stores nationwide.
According to the chairman of the Lagos State branch of the NMA, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, the development has resulted in serious panic from those facing different health challenges as some do not have the financial capacity to purchase the drugs.
This situation can be likened to a young man who has a gas but cannot fill it because of non-availability of money but the question is: what will happen to him especially when he is hungry? Its either he borrows money from someone or dies of hunger. Now that the cost of an inhaler is 8000 naira, does it now mean that those who cannot afford it should die because we have a government who is not considering what the masses are going through? what an unfortunate situation we have in our nation.
” Can you relax the duties of medicines which would at least help to alleviate the cost of clearing these things at the port and easily take off as much as 20 to 25 percent of the cost of these medicines at our port”.