Artist Health

Neils Mourn Muna Obiekwe, Fast Tracks Health Insurance Scheme for Entertainers

NEILSThe entire crew of Nigerian Entertainment Industry Lecture Series (NEILS), initiators of the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHTF) and Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Trust Fund (NEIHTF) mourns the tragic end of vibrant talented actor, Muna Obiekwe who breathed his last on Sunday January 18th, 2015.

Family sources revealed that the actor has been suffering from Kidney ailment for a while but he decided to keep it very private. Things however got worse when he couldn’t afford money for his dialysis anymore. Due to his great contributions to Nollywood, the news of his death was heartbreaking and devastating for the entire Nigerian entertainment community and Africa at large. Our continuous prayer at NEILS is that God will give his family the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Just yesterday too, a rally was held in Kaduna to solicit financial support for an Hausa actor who is in dire need of financial support for surgery. His colleagues are however doing all what they can to raise money for the surgery as his condition is very critical. A northern actress died under similar circumstance last year days after she left a movie set as she could not afford her own medical bills.

To curtail future occurrences, NEILS has moved to fast track the kickoff of the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS) and the inauguration of the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Trust Fund (NEIHTF). The inauguration of the trust fund will also avail practitioners in the entertainment industry the opportunity of knowing the registered Board of Trustees.

The health insurance scheme will take care of general consultation, surgeries, evacuation, physiotherapy, Eye care & surgery, advanced Radiological Investigation, accident & emergency, hospital admission and many more. The health trust fund will take care of all terminal ailments including kidney diseases right from the dialysis stages. The enrollment plans will however be made public before the end of the week.

It’s however instructive for us all to endeavor to do our checkups and exercises regularly, eat healthily and resist taking our health for granted.

Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS) is a private health insurance scheme with customized plans specifically for the entertainment industry. It is an initiative of Nigerian Entertainment Industry Lecture Series (NEILS) in partnership with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

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