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Govt. should lower tax on medical equipment

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Experts' ask the government to lower medical equipment tax for Spine Day.

Celebrating World Spine Day, an annual event in the medical field that takes place on October 16 and aims to raise awareness about the significance of spine health, educate people about its seriousness, and encourage people to take better care of their spines. Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, a consultant neurosurgeon at the Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium (BASS), has urged the government to lower taxes on medical equipment in order to improve spine surgeries and treatments.

Speaking in an interview that was held in Abuja by the News Agency of Nigeria in honor of World Spine Day, Dr. Ogungbo shared these thoughts. According to him, customs, NAFDAC, and NDLEA were levying a charge on the importation of equipment and consumables at airports and seaports. He, therefore, encouraged the government to investigate the matter and remove blockages of this kind in order to protect the people. Patients who are experiencing troubles with their spines are not benefiting from the present economic situation in Nigeria.

Taxation of medical facilities is hindering access to health care.

Currently, the necessary equipment and consumables for surgery have to be imported at very high prices, making the cost of spine surgeries and therapy rise. Because of this, it is of the utmost importance for people to take care of their spines and avoid experiencing pain in the neck and back, as well as spine injuries and infections. Dr. Ogungbo noted that hospitals, especially private health facilities, were currently being affected by multiple taxations from government bodies.

It was his opinion that endoscopic spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery were becoming more advanced in the country. Dr. Ogungbo believed that there are a lot of problems with open operations and a lot of complications that can be prevented by making fewer incisions and smaller wounds. Endoscopic surgery, in particular when performed on patients who are able to reap the benefits of it, leads to no blood loss, a quicker recovery, and an early return to work.

World Spine Day aims to raise awareness of spine health.

In the same stance, the 2022 World Spine Day is themed “EVERY SPINE COUNTS” and it emphasizes the diversity of spinal pain and disability as part of the global burden of disease and addresses the need for access to quality essential spinal health services worldwide. With an estimation of 540 million people in the world suffering from low back pain at any one time, it remains the leading cause of years lived with disability.

The campaign challenges governments, communities, and public health organizations all around the world to demonstrate a stronger commitment to the fight against spinal pain and disability. The lack of access to appropriate spine treatment and rehabilitation in under-served communities is another issue that is brought to light on World Spine Day. This lack of access leads to chronic conditions and permanent deformities. Spinal pain and disability are not merely small inconveniences for many different populations; rather, they might mean being unable to work and hence not being able to support one’s own needs.

Nigeria is improving access to medical facilities and specialists.

Now that Nigeria has better medical facilities and access to specialists, it is essential that patients seek care in the country. He noted an improvement in the ability to handle spine abnormalities and carry out safe and successful surgeries. Dr. Ogungbo explained that while the expenditures were lower than travelling abroad, it’s still a large amount for the common person. However, for many people, the best course of action was to continue putting their attention on spinal health and problem prevention.


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World Spine Day: Website


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

For health sector to improve in Nigeria, a lot need to be done by government by reducing tax on all that concerning providing proper healthcare for the citizens.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Government should please reduce tax on health equipments in Nigeria so the hospitals will be able to bring it into the country fr the citizenry to enjoy good health care at affordable prices.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

The government should reduce tax on medical equipment so it can be easily bought in for the useful to treat the people but if the tax is too high who will purchase the equipment and make sick people will suffer it because they need the equipment to treat them and by reducing the tax will improve of health sector by enable to bring in equipment

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Taxation of medical facilities is hindering access to health care. Therefore, I will urge the government to investigate and remove blockages hindering access to health care.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

If the government is serious about protecting its citizens, it will look into the situation and clear away any obstacles it finds.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Patients who are having issues with their spines are not benefiting from the current economic scenario in Nigeria since there are not enough doctors to treat them.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Estimates put the number of persons with low back pain at 540 million worldwide. This makes low back pain the biggest cause of years lost to incapacity.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

in order to improve spine operations and treatments, the government should reduce the amount of taxation placed on medical equipment.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

This present administration doesn’t care about the masses. All they’re fighting for is their personal pocket.They should know that our health is important. Taxes shouldn’t have been added in excess to health equipment. Government should please, reduce tax health equipment imported to the country.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

At airports and seaports, the NDLEA was collecting a fee for the importation of goods, including consumables and equipment, even though this was not supposed to happen.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

must conduct an investigation into the situation and clear away obstacles of this nature in order to ensure the safety of the population.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Multiple taxes imposed by various government organizations were having an effect on hospitals, particularly private health care institutions, at the moment.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Endoscopic spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery, in his perspective, were getting more sophisticated across the country. He believed this to be the case.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

In order for hospitals in Nigeria to provide their patients with access to high-quality medical care at rates that are within their means, the government could kindly consider lowering the tax rate on medical supplies and equipment sold in the country.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Access to healthcare is being impeded by the high taxes levied on hospitals and clinics. This is why I will be advocating for an investigation into and elimination of barriers to health care by the government.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

If the tax is too much, government need to reduce it because medical equipment is very important so that affect patients. Healthcare equipment is neccessary

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Anything relating to healthcare should be the least high tax will me imposed on. Government should hear out the experts call.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

This present administration has frustrated the lives of the masses. Medical equipment has been taxed to sure an extent that it is so expensive to import. Such equipment should even be allowed into the country with little or no tax seen it is important to our health and wellness.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

The lack of access to appropriate spine treatment and rehabilitation in under-served communities is another issue that is brought to light on World Spine Day

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

The necessary equipment and consumables for surgery have to be imported at very high prices, making the cost of spine surgeries and therapy rise. Because of this, it is of the utmost importance for people to take care of their spines and avoid experiencing pain in the neck and back.