March 20, 2023

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NHIA employed 190 well being professionals to spice up operations – DG


The director-general of the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Authority (NHIA), Prof Mohammed Sambo, has disclosed that the Company has employed no fewer than 190 well being professionals to spice up operations since his appointment in 2019.

Sambo who was represented by the Supervisor of the Public Affairs, Emmanuel Ononokpono on the sixth annual convention of the well being journalists in Nasarawa mentioned, previously, NHIS workplaces, had only one nurse which implies  that the person who learn Historical past or Mass Communication can be the one to entry the hospital to inform whether or not this can be a stethoscope or not and that worsened the scenario at the moment.

He mentioned: “So, Prof. needed to discover a approach and have interaction in a really clear method 190 medical individuals, 5 in every state throughout Nigeria, docs, nurses, pharmacists and (medical) laboratory scientists.

“Now, we don’t must ship folks from the top workplace to go to the states to conduct high quality assurance once more; the state workplaces can deal with it.”

Talking additional, he narrated how politicking and wrangling virtually consumed the company below his predecessors, ensuing within the public dropping confidence within the group.

He additionally identified that the previous NHIS couldn’t construct workplaces in any a part of the nation, making it pay lease for its 38 workplaces nationwide.

“We had been deploying ICT tools. Each time the home homeowners mentioned we must always go, we should dismantle these issues and transfer with them.”

He additionally mentioned the federal government didn’t audit the NHIA account for 5 years earlier than he took over in 2019 due to a disaster.

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He disclosed that each chief govt of the company tried to alter the NHIS Act to make medical health insurance obligatory within the nation, however they didn’t succeed and his efforts to alter the NHIS Act succeeded after three makes an attempt.

“You may’t have common well being protection with out making it obligatory. The Act provides hope to 83 million weak Nigerians that can’t afford to pay for healthcare.”

He questioned why the federal government couldn’t allocate no less than an oil block to the 83 million weak to fund medical health insurance within the nation.

“If the federal government might give oil blocks to people, why can’t it give to 83 million weak Nigerians? A retired Common instructed us a while in the past how he bought his oil block for $500 million.”

Earlier in his remarks, the President of ANHEJ, Mallam Hassan Zaggi known as on the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Authority (NHIA) to work onerous and current to Nigerians completely different inexpensive fashions that may allow them enroll in medical health insurance.

Zaggi additionally introduced that the Affiliation of Nigeria of Well being Journalists has concluded plans to launch a medical health insurance for its members subsequent month.

He disclosed that the Africa Well being Funds Community (AHBN) has dedicated to help the Affiliation to attain this.

“For the primary part, we’re contemplating enrolling as much as 50 well being journalists. The choice course of will probably be very stringent with efficiency as one of many standards for enrollment”. He added.

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