HEI partners hospitals, FRSC to help indigents, accident victims
The Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) has partnered government hospitals and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to bridge the gap between accident victims and prompt access to first hand treatment across the country.
The Initiative’s Board of Trustee Chairman, Dr. Ndi Onuekusi, said the project, “None Should Die”, is being carried out in collaboration with the FRSC and some selected public hospital to ensure that accident victims in critical conditions rescued by FRSC officials are immediately treated at the expense of the health care initiative.
Speaking at the Media Conference held recently in Lagos, Onuekusi added that this assurance of prompt settlement of the victims’ bill would guarantee that the hospitals are no reluctant to treat accident victims. Therefore effort will be made to contact relatives for continuity of treatment especially for those exceeding N20, 000.
Onuekusi, lamented that many indigent Nigerians die because they do not have N2000 to pay their medical bills and HEI is set to help them access health care in public hospitals.
He added that the initiative is also concerned about patients in detention and has over the period of 16 months intervened in over 150 patients in 20 hospitals. HEI has put in place international standards with open reporting, accounting and auditing systems that enables its accountability.
Speaking on the disparity between the health care service given to the rich and the poor, Onuekusi said it is a worrisome the fundamentals of quality health care are grossly abused to favour the rich. “The indigent are not treated with effectiveness, efficiency and equity. Medical health care is generally expensive and many die because they cannot afford it,” he lamented.
Furthermore, he added that the initiative needs more fund from Nigerians in order to build a support system, especially for the indigent and give first phase treatment to road accident victims. Emphasising on the success record so far, Onuekusi said the initiative has proved a feasible module that can help save life. Money alone does not buy good health care, which is why HEI is the sector that has raised funds to come to assist with health care services.