NHIS to deploy ICT to drive reforms

Gloria Essien,Abuja

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The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Executive Secretary, Professor Mohammed Nasir Sambo, says the agency is deploying a robust ICT to achieve its mandates.

He was speaking during a visit to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe in his office at the National Assembly complex Abuja.

During the meeting, he shared his views and strategies for the reforms with the Senator.

According to him, the reforms are anchored on the tripod of a 3-point Rebranding Agenda, including value reorientation, transparency and accountability, as well as accelerating the drive to achieving universal access to quality healthcare for all Nigerians.

He also highlighted ten action points from the white paper on the Independent Fact Finding Panel that investigated the recent crisis in the organisation as additional undertakings of the government aimed at repositioning the Scheme, particularly in the areas of staff audit, financial management systems, procurement, internal audit and labour relations.

Professor Sambo, also intimated the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health with plans to deploy a robust ICT to drive the reforms.

“this will solve eighty percent of the unacceptable transparency issues in our processes, as it will afford us the platforms for effective, real-time monitoring and evaluation”.

He requested the assistance of the Senate Committee on Health, through legislative and advocacy engagements, for the on-going efforts to rebrand and reposition NHIS as a result-oriented public institution, operating effectively as a tool for reform of the nation’s healthcare delivery system. He said.

In his remarks, the Senate Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe congratulated the scribe of NHIS, describing his appointment as critical for the agency and the nation especially at this time.

He hinted that there is mounting pressure for practical and quick results from the organisation under the new leadership, and therefore promised the full and consistent support of the committee and indeed the 9th Senate, which he described as “a better assembly that works for the people”.

Senator Oloriegbe advised the NHIS helmsman to give immediate attention to the challenges of the Scheme, particularly in the areas of human resources, stakeholder interests and minimal coverage.

According to the Head, Media & Public Relations Ayo Osinlu, the scheme has continued to receive assurances of local and international support since the emergence of Professor Sambo as Executive Secretary of NHIS.

Ime Njoku