Veteran actor and producer, Prince Jide Kosoko has said he was diagnosed with diabetes 18 years ago and has been managing the dreaded ailment ever since.
The Former President of Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP) made the disclosure at the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Lecture Series, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, on Tuesday.
At the event organised by the National Health Insurance Scheme of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, and the Nigeria Medical Association to sensitize entertainment practitioners on healthy living, the 60-year-old spoke on the backdrop of spate of death recorded in the industry.
He said, “I have been living with diabetes since 1996 and I don’t look ill or take my health for granted. I am very close to my doctors. I keep the relationship sacred because they have really helped me in many ways. I have never fallen ill or had an emergency because I pay special attention to my diet and body.
“Many of these artistes don’t take their health seriously, and it is a serious challenge for us. Sometime ago, an insurance company came to institute an insurance cover for the association and because they had dropped a huge amount of money, we simply asked all the members to pay a token of N1,000 each to have access to unlimited healthcare.
“But you won’t believe that out of over 12,000 members, less than 800 indicated interest in the scheme and paid the money. Since it was not up to what was invested and required of us, so we had to jettison the idea. The government can also assist by ensuring strict compliance in line with enabling laws.”
The session was witnessed by a large turn-out of Nollywood personalities, including Saidi Balogun, Kene Mkparu, Charles Novia, Kenneth Okolie, Yomi Fabiyi, Aishat Abimbol, Jennifer Eliogu and Bayo Alinko Bankole.
Others are Gbenga Adeyinka, DJ Jimmy Jatt, OJB Jezerel, Audu Maikori, Cally Ikpe, Omawumi, Sunday Are, Chris Ubosi, Koffi, Adewale Ayuba, Daddy Showkey, Terry G, Lami Phillips, Tee A and Sheyman.
Some of the subjects discussed at the convention include the health implications of celebrity life styles, benefits of health insurance policies, and the role of government in health insurance policies.