Fuel subsidy, fertilizer subsidy, power sector subsidy etc. We have all heard about them and how some people believe it is the right of Nigerians. But have you ever wondered why subsidy should always be about economic interest?
Some will tell you to subsidise production and not consumption. But what about what matters the most to all of us, our health. Even if we cannot subsidise healthcare in its entirety, nothing stops us from subsidising some aspect of it.
One important area we can start from is subsidising the cost of maintaining a damaged kidney. Thousands of Nigerians today have kidney failures and require thousands of naira to continue to take dialysis to avoid dying. We believe the pain and anguish faced by kidney patients is enough mental torture and they need not add that to the cost of doing it.
This is why we are supporting, a cause championed by Emmanuel Ugolee, a kidney patient himself to pass a bill supporting subsidy for dialysis. See his statement below and do not hesitate to sign the petition.
The message below is from Emmanuel Ugolee who needs your support for a major change in the health sector.
Mandela did not set out to be a hero nor did he have a knack for public admiration or recognition. He simply responded to his circumstances with his set of values and vision.
I am not trying to make a name for myself, I cannot help but commence this struggle for the millions who need me to. By virtue of my circumstances, the game chose me.
I have petitioned the minister of health & the law makers of the house of assembly to consider & ultimately pass a bill on the subsidising of the cost of dialysis. Why should it cost almost half a million a month to stay alive with kidney disease In Nigeria when it is almost free in poorer countries like Sudan & Namibia? Absolutely free in Ivory Coast.
Senators and the likes we have approached seem interested and willing to push. I will knock as loud, as hard and as long as it takes to get this bill off the bucket list.
But picture this being done without you,now that’s a laugh. So please, we need signatures only. 30seconds after you follow the link below and you’re done. Target is 500thousand signatures. You need to have seen my new 13year old friend gasping for air needing dialysis but having to wait in his mother’s arms for his father to confirm the money was on the way before he got on the machine. Broke my heart. Pls just sign. I beg of you and tell a friend. – Emma Ugolee