The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said the newly launched Patients’ Bill of Rights (PBoR) will translate into new standards of quality, equity and dignity in patients’ experience in healthcare in Nigeria.
On Tuesday, while speaking at the launch of the PBoR, which was organised by the Consumer Protection Council and the Federal Ministry of Health, Osinbajo said the bill will stand as a bridge of dignity ”that links the right to life of an individual and minimum standards of healthcare”.
Osinbajo described the bill as a remarkable effort at consensus and common purpose, in the face of the many challenges of healthcare system in Nigeria.
On funding the health sector, the vice president mentioned that the 2o18 budget allocates 1 per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund towards the funding of key health initiatives, in compliance with the National Health Act.
The PBoR addresses access to information, patient related information, fee related information, confidentiality, quality of care, access to emergency care, patients’ dignity, visitation, patients’ refusal of care, interruption of service by provider and generally, complaints.