The operation of health insurance using contemporary information and communication technology (ICT) equipment has received a significant boost with the delivery of 37 customised Mobile Biometric Enrollment kit and 100 identity card printers to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) presented the full complement of the devices to the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof Mohammed Sambo, in Abuja.
Apparently delighted with the milestone, Sambo said that the electronic platform would transform the entire operations of health insurance in the country from enrollment to access of care.
He stressed that the device *would enhance the registration activities in rural areas, especially hard-to-reach places where there is no electricity.
Tracing the history of the e-NHIS project, Sambo expressed gratitude to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for breathing life into the project and the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire for his unflinching support which facilitated Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval for the project.
Explaining the features of the device, deputy manager, NIGCOMSAT, Mr Akin Morakinyo said that the kit is “ruggedized” tamperproof and waterproof IP67 standard, which comprised a laptop, fingerprint scanner, signature pad, HD webcam, thermal printer and 45000mah backup battery that could last eight hours without charge, adding that the device could work online and offline while its accompanying identity card printer could produce 1000 cards per kit per day.
General Manager, Human Resources (NIGCOMSAT)Alh. Idris Adamu, who led the agency’s team of experts, further explained that the enrollment kit would enable NHIS perform its obligations contained in the partnership agreement with the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on the compulsory National Identity Number (NIN), adding that the kit was custom-made for the Scheme.
Adamu further explained that in the event of the kit falling from a 10-feet height it would suffer no disrepair, because the device was carefully designed to withstand intense physical pressure.
The ES/CEO assured that with this milestone, the automation of NHIS services shall come on stream later in the year.