Nigerians to pay more for telephone calls, as FG slams new tax to finance healthcare

The Federal Government has slammed a new tax on phone calls in the nation to fund free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria. This is despite recent moves by telecommunication companies to increase the price of their services as a result of an unfavourable operating climate. The telecom tax, in the equivalent of a minimum of one kobo per second for phone calls, is part of the sources of funds required to finance free healthcare for the Vulnerable Group in Nigeria. This is contained in the National Health Insurance…

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Universal Health Coverage: President Buhari signs National Health Insurance Authority Bill into law

…83m poor Nigerians to enjoy coverage President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, repealing thereby, the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, (Cap N42) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. President Buhari said, at the signing of the new law, that a Fund will be set up “to ensure coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums, as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission”. He further elaborated on how the Fund will be sourced, saying: “For the…

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Life expectancy in ECOWAS countries ranges from 54.7 to 73 years in 2019 – WAHO

The West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO), says that Life expectancy in ECOWAS member countries is estimated to range from 54.7 to 73 years in 2019. It said Cape Verde and Senegal have the highest number of above 65 years. Prof. Stanley Okolo, the WAHO Director-General (DG), disclosed this in an interview on Monday in Abuja. Okolo said deaths observed in the region can be organised according to the broad categories of causes. He said that with the exception of Cape Verde, ECOWAS countries generally show the same pattern in the…

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