Friday, 14 June 2013

FG Hints of Anti-Smoking Law In Offices



Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said the Federal Government is working on a legislation against smoking in public offices.
photo Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said the Federal Government is working on a legislation against smoking in public offices.
The minister stated this at a briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
The minister said there would soon be a strong law against smoking in public offices, saying those who did not like it should consider relocating from the country.
Chukwu said, “One of the best ways of tackling health issues, especially as they relate to health, is prevention, and one of the steps is by curtailing smoking.
“There is a strong law on smoking that is coming. If you do not like it, leave Nigeria.”
The minister, who said, there were enough public and private hospitals in the country to take care of over 99 per cent of the health needs of citizens, added that the one per cent that went abroad were mainly those who did so out of choice.
He also acknowledged that there were unscrupulous elements in the sector who aided the foreign hospitals by issuing unnecessary referrals.
He said, “As far as health care is concerned, there is no country in the world that has everything. Less than one per cent of Nigerians actually have the need to go abroad for treatment. For the majority, what they need is available in Nigeria. You do not have to go abroad, but if you like to be swindled, it is up to you.”
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