Federal government says it will re position the National Health Insurance Scheme for better health care delivery to boost the Nation’s economy.
The Minister of Health Dr. Osaghie Erhanire who made this known at National Health Insurance Scheme strategic stakeholders’ Engagement with Healthcare providers in Abuja ,also warned healthcare providers accredited under the Scheme against substandard services to enrollees.
“Government will not condone any move to draw back its chances of success in the programme,the ongoing reform of the scheme will not achieve much, if enrollees continued to report dissatisfactory services and discourteous handling by hospital staff.”
“The provision of qualitative and affordable healthcare to all Nigerians through the NHIS was one of the priority areas of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, which aligns with the global agenda for achieving Universal Health Coverage.”the minister said.
The stakeholders meeting was aimed at brainstorming to identify lapses experienced by enrollees of NHIS and proffer possible solutions to enable the nation achieve its set goals of providing Universal Health Coverage for every citizen.
The Minister of health, Dr. Osagie Erhanire said the repositioning would go along way to enable Nigerians have a better access to health care delivery.
He enjoin the enrollees of the scheme to familiarised themselves with their rights and privileges under the scheme to demand for better services.
” A healthy nation is a wealthy nation I use this medium to enjoin all the enrollees of NHIS to familiarise themselves with their rights and privileges under the scheme to demand for better services and to report to the appropriate channels any time they experienced service failures. “
“I further charged the stakeholders to address all issues report without fear or favour.”
In an address, the Executive secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme professor Mohammed Sambo said the the scheme had developed a three point agenda to correct the previous changes faced by the scheme. He said the measures would accelerate the processes of achieving universal health coverage in Nigeria.
In their goodwill messages the chairman of the committee of chief medical directors of tertiary health care providers Dr. Jafaru Momoh and the president, Health Care Providers Association of Nigeria Dr. Jimmy Arigbabuwo called for bilateral relationship between the NHIS and the health care providers to improve the health sector.