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Increased charges in FCT hospitals rejected

20 August 2013, 10:11

Abuja- The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has rejected a proposal for an upward review of charges on  services in FCT hospitals.

The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Ademola Onakomiya said that the new minimal charges would only be allowed in the case of newly-introduced services in FCT hospitals.

He said in order to enhance world class health care services being rendered to residents of the territory, the FCT administration had approved minimal charges on new services in the hospitals.

He said that the executive warned that all excluded charges for services currently being provided by FCT hospitals should not be increased in whatever way either directly or indirectly.

"The FCT Administration as a government has a responsibility to the people dliving in the FCT and will continue to do that for their utmost benefit,” he said.

On the proposed review of the scope of the free Antenatal Care Services in the FCT hospitals, he said that the executive had directed that the status quo should remain.

The Director, Economic Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr Mohammed Ari, also said that other consideration at the meeting was the issue of entertainment tax in the FCT.

He said that the administration would soon start the collection of tax for entertainment in the FCT.

According to him, entertainment tax is a kind of tax that is given in terms of infrastructure to help to maintain such infrastructure.

"There is no state where people do not pay fee for entertainment all over the world.

"We want to consider and look into the entertainment levy so that resident who makes use of such infrastructure will pay five per cent levy," he said.



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