The National Health Insurance Scheme,.NHIS has held Strategic Stakeholders Engagement with Development Partners and Donor towards repositioning and rebranding the scheme.
The meeting holding in Abuja, is aimed at acknowledging the important roles of the donor agencies and implementing partners in accelerating the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
Speaking at the meeting, the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Professor Mohammed Sambo, said that the scheme has greatly benefited from the activities of donor agencies in Nigeria.
“This engagement could not have come at a better time than now that there renewed commitment in assisting serious developing economies like Nigeria and other African countries to attain Universal Health Coverage by the year 2030. Let me emphasize that the scheme has benefited immensely from the age long partnership with some of you, since the birth of the scheme in 1990,” Prof Sambo said.
He noted that the NHIS is fully aware that it can not fully achieve its mandate of Universal Health Coverage alone without the involvement of all Development Partners.
“The areas of intervention are limitless. We, therefore, crave your kind indulgence to double your commitment in assisting in the attainment of UHC,” he pleaded.
He however lamented that the process of implementing health insurance for the benefit of Nigerians has, no doubt, been very slow as can be seen in the low percentage of coverage of the population.
In his message to the meeting, the Nigerian minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, express the gratitude of the government and the people of Nigeria to the community of donor and implementing partners, who have continued to stand with the country in her quest for the development of her human capital and other critical resources for the advancement of the socio-economic status of the country.
He emphasize particularly, the enormous help that has come into the health sector expressed through capacity building for officials, as well as funding support for various initiatives designed to achieve productive and meaningful life for our people.
The minister also said that the health sector is progressing as donors continue to work with Nigerian people and institutions, to deploy your global expertise to deliver effective international standards of solutions to our development challenges.
He charged participants at the meting to maintain a clear and consistent focus on the national health priorities in their deliberations.
Responding on behalf of life UN system in Nigeria, Dr Francis Ukeje of the WHO, urged Nigeria to endeavour to cover more citizens under the NHIS as out of pocket treatment of diseases is dragging more Nigerians into poverty.