The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to improve the healthcare system through the support of donor agencies and development partners for optimal healthcare service delivery.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made this known at a strategic stakeholders engagement forum for donors and development partners, organised by the National Health Insurance Scheme in Abuja,
Doctor Ehanire said this became necessary to enhance the quality of services delivered to Nigerians under the scheme to enable the nation achieve its goal of the universal health coverage especially to the enrollees
The minister of health who was represented by the Director of Hospital Services at the ministry, Dr Joseph Amedu, also urged the partners to work with agencies and departments and use their expertise to find solutions to the nation’s challenges in the sector.
“It is my hope that this meeting will provide an opportunity for the partners to do a deep dive into the strategic vision and direction of NHIS, especially in terms of capacity development and specific funding support with due regards for the core mandate of each partner.”
“I wish to emphasise, particularly, the enormous help that has come into the health sector through capacity building for our officials, as well as funding support for various initiatives designed to achieve productive and meaningful life.
In an address the Executive secretary, National Health Insurance scheme Professor Nasir Mohammed said the scheme has develop a three point reform program to restore value system that would accelerate the achievement of universal access to quality health care.
“Restoring value system that will transform NHIS into a credible result-driven organization,Engendering transparency and accountability in the entire operations of not just the NHIS but all stakeholders in the health insurance ecosystem,Accelerating the drive towards achieving universal access to quality health care for all Nigerians which is Universal Health Coverage.”
“Presently, the Scheme under my leadership is undergoing reforms with a view to repositioning it for the attainment of the UHC. Accordingly, we have evolved a 3-point agenda as an immediate panacea to the myriad of challenges that have bedeviled the Scheme over the years.”
He added that the scheme in collaboration with the ministry of health have commenced the implementation of the basic healthcare provision fund to expand healthcare coverage in Nigeria.
Also speaking the wife of kebbi state governor Dr. Zainab Bagudu solicited the support of NHIS to include the treatment of cancer patient in the scheme to alleviate the plight of the patient.
The representatives of the donor agencies at the forum which include World Health Organisation, United Nation, Hebron and others pledged not to relent in their effort to support government program that would improve the life of the citizens for national development.