Nigerian Senators/Reps: Stop death of Nigerians who can't afford health care
  • Petitioned Senate President David Mark

This petition was delivered to:

The Nigerian National Assembly
Senate President David Mark
Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu
The Nigerian National Assembly
Rt Hon. Speaker Aminu Tambuwal

Nigerian Senators/Reps: Stop death of Nigerians who can't afford health care

    1. Petition by

      HAPPY Nigeria

      Abuja, Nigeria

Let's #SaveAll

Health Advocacy, Promotion and Partnership by Youths in Nigeria (HAPPYNigeria) needs your help to actualize equity in Nigerian healthcare system.

G.D is a 24 year old Nigerian, an exceptionally brilliant final year student of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. One day, he woke up from bed and was told by his roommate that his eyes were swollen. It cleared later in the day. Some weeks later, he noticed his legs were swollen and that he was making less quantity of urine than before. He went to the hospital, tests were carried out and he was diagnosed of chronic kidney failure. He was commenced on haemodialysis and scheduled for transplant. Both parents were civil servants but could not afford to raise N5m needed. His friends launched #SaveG.O appeal on twitter and facebook and were able to raise the money in 4 weeks. However, G.O was not clinically sound enough to go for the surgery. He died a couple of months later. The friends were outraged and devastated. The doctors said he would have survived if the transplant was done earlier than when the money was made available. This is a true life story.

Nigeria is too rich to allow her citizens suffer this fate. Pregnant women still die from child birth, millions of children die from preventable/curable conditions like diarrhea, malaria, etc. 70% of health expenditure is out-of-pocket, yet two-third of Nigerians are living below poverty line. No jobs for the youths. Our family members, dear friends and mentors are dying young because they cannot afford drugs or hospital bills in good time. The youths resorted to raising money through social media to save family and friends but donor-fatigue has set in. Yet on daily basis, we read about stolen billions from our collective wealth. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana are poorer but spend more to save their citizens than Nigeria does.

HAPPYNigeria asks for your help. The National Assembly is on the process of amending the National Health Insurance Scheme Act. The youth would get them to insert provisions that would guarantee social health insurance coverage for the following;

- all health emergencies in all hospitals

- children below 5 years 

- physically challenged people

- elderly people above 65years

- families making less than 70% of the national minimum wage per month

- the unemployed 

- people that needs kidney transplant and other expensive treatments.

In other words, government will pay for their healthcare. If Rwanda can do this, why can’t Nigeria? For every 30 seconds you read this piece, at least on Nigerian child has died from a curable disease because the parents are poor. Your signature will make change happen. Please sign now, and share it on your blogs, BBm, google+, twitter and facebook pages. Let's #SaveAll

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. #SaveAll Progress Report

      HAPPY Nigeria
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting this cause. We have made contacts in National Assembly and the signal we got strongly suggest that they are favorably disposed to our cause. We are excited about this opportunity and we are glad that you are part of the history.
      We just need you to do a little more; to help in the promotion to get more people to sign. Share the link on your social media timelines - facebook, twitter, BB, etc. Encourage your friends to sign. Victory is assured.
      God bless you.


    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • funmi oyelakin BADORE, NIGERIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am supporting this cause because seamless access to quality healthcare and delievery is a basic right for all irrespective of affordability.

    • Theo Ndubuaku ABUJA, NIGERIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Nigerian leaders should be concerned about the health of citizens. Nigeria as a nation can afford it. We are sitting on a time bomb if we fail to take care of the poor amongst us. The signs of ending up as failed state are starring us in the face.

    • Igwilo Obinna OCTOBER, NIGERIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This nation is capable of this. The level of care for the citizen should improve. Improvement of care is not necessary the improvement of salary but of organized services like good assess to health services.

    • sanyaolu akande IKEJA, NIGERIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It could be me or anyone close to me that may be in such situation so, we must make this a reality.

    • sanyaolu akande IKEJA, NIGERIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It could be me or anyone close to me so, we should make this a reality.


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