International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 8, Issue 6 (2022)

Medical and health rights as human rights: A survey of national and international legal framework


I L I IKIMI

The health of a nation reveals the wealth of such nation. Provision of affordable healthcare goods and services on the platform of equality in respect of access to them fosters the enjoyment of certain basic human rights. Thus, it is without doubt that there is a linkage between the right to health and the right to life as well as certain other rights. It is universally recognised that every human is born with certain fundamental rights which are protected by law and States should not derogate from these rights. This paper seeks to evaluate the import of medical and health rights using the doctrinal research methodology. The paper is basically divided into six segments which inter alia deal with the nature of human rights, international legal framework on health right, essence of medical and health rights and national laws in which the right to health is provided. Before its conclusion, this paper delved into the role of the Court in enforcing medical and health rights. It was discovered that the right to health can be enforced in Nigeria through expansive judicial interpretations of the national laws discussed in this paper and some rights in Chapter IV of the Constitution. Strong judicial intervention is required, as obtainable in the jurisdictions randomly chosen, and referred to in this paper. Thus, it was recommended that the Court should extend the frontiers of our jurisprudence to level up to present circumstances.
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I L I IKIMI. Medical and health rights as human rights: A survey of national and international legal framework. International Journal of Law, Volume 8, Issue 6, 2022, Pages 60-68
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