A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria Health Infrastructure Development Bank (NHIDB) on Tuesday scaled the second reading at the House of Representatives.
The bill, which, when passed, would enhance the healthcare delivery system in Nigeria, is co-sponsored by Rep. Mansur Soro and Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House.
The lawmakers allowed the bill to pass through the second reading after a unanimous voice vote at Tuesday’s plenary.
It would be recalled that the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Dec. 2 visited the leadership of the House and called for the enactment of a law to establish the NHIDB.
According to NMA, the law will further strengthen Nigeria’s healthcare system for effective service delivery.
Speaking on the bill, Gbajabiamila, said that he was fascinated with the idea of having a “health bank” in the country.
He pledged that the House would expedite action on the passage of the bill.
“We cannot talk of nation building without a good healthcare system; we will keep pushing for any bill that will make our healthcare system functional.
“And we will work with NMA to achieve that,” the speaker said.