NHIS Set To Partner WHO On Technical Support & Capacity Building
The National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS has opened talks with World Health Organisation (WHO) in the area of ICT Infrastructure, programme monitoring and Capacity building, which are fundamental to effective registration and administration components of NHIS operations, with the sole aim of increasing health coverage in Nigeria.
The acting Executive Secretary NHIS, Mallam Attahiru Ibrahim, made this known when he hosted a high-powered technical delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO), at the Scheme’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.
Attahiru, who described ICT Infrastructure, Monitoring and Evaluation as crucial to the operations of NHIS, expressed the commitment of the Scheme to taking advantage of every opportunity provided by the WHO to rapidly upscale the enrollment of Nigerians into the various programmes of the Scheme.
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The General Manager Formal Sector Department of NHIS, Dr. Emmanuel Ohuakanwa, in his presentation, who noted that the nationwide spread of the services of the Scheme as its beneficiaries were found everywhere stressed the need for NHIS to be able to communicate with its various stakeholders around the clock.
This, he said, is particularly so as the agency requires to monitor and receive feedback from beneficiaries and service providers under its watch to be able to discharge creditably, its regulatory roles in the industry.
Commending the NHIS team, the WHO Team leader Dr. Thomas Lapnet-Moustapha a specialist in Health Technology and Innovations highlighted health as a social service which every government had responsibility to provide,
Dr. Lapnet-Moustapha also described NHIS as the tool of the Nigerian government for the purpose of ensuring that all citizens have access to healthcare.
He expressed delight that the Scheme was pressing forward in that task, as it continues to take Nigeria towards the global objective of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Dr. Thomas assured the Scheme that WHO would provide technical support and designs that can specifically meet the communication, monitoring and mapping requirements of NHIS and customisation of facilities carried out for the Scheme where necessary.
He urged NHIS Management to step up its advocacy and publicity drive of its programmes and activities and develop a roadmap of specific areas for healthcare financing.