The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, has declared to combat corruption, inefficiency and impunity to a stand-still in the Scheme.
Yusuf stated this while he led Management of NHIS on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Barrister, Ekpo Nta in Abuja.
He explained that the meeting is geared towards consensus building and support among stakeholders towards repositioning the scheme for effective service delivery.
Usman said that his mandate as the Executive Secretary is to be a good custodian of people’s wealth and by extension sanitize the NHIS and make it work for everybody. “I have a duty to reposition this noble institution that all Nigerians can be proud of.” He added
Yusuf also decried the irregularities operated among the HMOs and ill-treatment enrollee’s encounter in receiving services at the hospitals, saying that the institution had not done well in the past, adding that, some Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and healthcare providers’ treats enrollees like lepers.
He stressed that NHIS as an institution has paid so much money to the HMOs from 2005 till date and there is nothing to show for it.
The Executive Secretary then call on the leadership of (ICPC) to commence the process of probing the activities of NHIS and HMOs, who in one-way-or-other have defrauded the system and shortchanged enrollees.
The Executive Secretary affirmed that there is no way we can achieve universal coverage if we continue to give our resources to people that do not deserve it. Stating that he will be the face of NHIS and the advocate of the enrollees.
Yusuf hinted that HMOs has retuned over 92% of the money owned to NHIS.
Yusuf, however, requested the full cooperation and support of the leadership ICPC, to purge the endemic corruption that is embedded in NHIS.
While responding, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Barrister, Ekpo Nta, who was represented by Commissions’ Secretary, Dr. Elvis Oglafa, commended the Executive Secretary for his sincerity and doggedness in the fight against corruption in NHIS and repositioning the Scheme for better service delivery.
He assured the Management of NHIS of ICPC’s support in the fight against corruption in NHIS.
In a related development, the Executive Secretary while on a courtesy call to the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, assured the Comptroller that NHIS will continue to provide easy and qualitative health service to Men and Officer of the Immigration and their families.
The Comptroller General, while thanking the NHIS Boss and his team, promised to work together with the Scheme to ensure prompt service delivery.