Presidential reforms of health insurance operations in Nigeria received significant momentum with the unveiling of the National Health Insurance Research Program.
The document was presented to the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Mohammed Sambo by the project’s lead consultant, Prof. Adegbenga Sumola in Abuja.
Receiving the research roadmap, Sambo highlighted the role of research in the industrial and socio-economic development of any nation, stressing that no nation can make significant progress without giving research its prominent place. .
Sambo said, “Research is the pursuit of new knowledge to solve problems in society. This means that no company can develop its human and material resources without research.
Giving insight into the depth of the impact of ongoing health insurance sector reforms, Sambo said the research agenda was consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s senior-level agenda for health, which is anchored on the evidence-based strategic decision-making process.
Sambo noted that a three-point rebranding program, which must work with evidence as one of its core elements, initiated under his leadership, has achieved a number of important milestones in the overhaul of the health insurance ecosystem.
While commending the lead consultant for the painstaking efforts in the production of the document, Sambo assured that the program will apply due diligence in the implementation of the research agenda with a view to obtaining affordable and quality health care. for all Nigerians, expressing optimism that the document will prompt development partners to commit resources to research research programs.
Introducing the document, lead consultant Prof Adegbenga Sumola explained that the document was comprehensive and left no area of health insurance unattended, adding that the agenda would allow the program to be more strategic. and systematic to meet the various challenges of health insurance. sector.
The program had previously unveiled and started the implementation of a ten-year strategic plan to achieve the achievement of universal health
Meanwhile, the NHIS and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) signed a memorandum of understanding for Corp members to access affordable, quality health care across the country.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two agencies resulted in a plan whose collaboration dates back to 2011.
At the ceremony which drew senior management from both organizations, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, noted that an important chapter had been opened in the pursuit of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria, highlighting that extending health insurance to all Nigerians was an integral part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Next Level program on health.
Sambo recalled the tremendous efforts of NHIS and NYSC leadership in preparing for the cover launch, which included working with members of the National Assembly to ensure the allocation of funds in the 2021 budget for the health insurance for members of the body and the Ministry of Finance. for the release of funds for this purpose.
The Medicare boss noted that the bodies’ health care coverage could not have come at a better time, coinciding with the upward revision of their allowances, urging them to return the various government efforts in developing health. the youth.
Reviewing the various efforts of NHIS to reform the health insurance sector, Sambo said that the introduction of its flagship service platform, the Individual Social and Family Health Insurance Program (GIFSHIP) had game-changer and had the prospect of bringing every Nigerian into the Medicare ecosystem.
He said this in the context of the recent entry into the program by members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
According to Sambo, “No self-respecting nation can claim development without health care for its people. With GIFSHIP, we are leaving no one behind in our determination to ensure that all Nigerians have access to unqualified health care. “
In his response, the chief executive of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said that history was being written with the extension of health insurance to members of the corps, noting that this step was the first of its kind and was therefore deserving of national attention.
Emphasizing the contribution of the corps members to national development, Ibrahim said that the corps members who are medical professionals recently performed deliveries for one of their colleagues during the ongoing protest action by medical residents, adding that they have continued to play a vital role in nation building.
Recently, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has extended health insurance coverage to retirees from the Nigerian Police and Department of State Services as part of the GIFSHIP initiative.
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