WHO to support implementation of National Health Insurance Act

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A delegation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mission for Health Financing to Nigeria says the organisation is committed to supporting the implementation of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Act.

The technical officer of the mission, Fahdi Dkhimi, said this when he led a WHO team and officials of NHIA to pay a courtesy call on the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.

This was disclosed in a press release issued by the spokesperson for the health ministry, Ahmadu Chindaya, on Wednesday in Abuja.

In line with Mr Chindaya, the visiting team also discussed possible ways to operationalise the act for the advantage of Nigerians.

Mr Ehanire was quoted as welcoming the gesture from WHO, adding that the operationalisation of the act faced some challenges corresponding to infrastructural, human resource and investment patterns.

“Many of the investments have gone to the very large visible hospitals which are usually not much utilised on the expense of small primary healthcare centres in the agricultural areas,” he said.

Mr Ehanire, nonetheless, solicited investment and the next level of care on the sub-urban level to realize universal health coverage.

The act was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It goals at empowering the NHIA to offer medical health insurance for all Nigerians through a compulsory mechanism.

It also sets to determine a Vulnerable Group Fund (VGF), indicating the assorted sources from which funding could be drawn. 

(NAN)

Source: Peoples Gazette.

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