Senate committee on health to hold national conference on UHC

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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The Nigerian senate committee on health says towards achieving Universal Health Coverage, it will thrive to ensure that more Nigerians are covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme,NHIS.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe stated this at a press briefing on the forthcoming conference on Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage, in Abuja.

He said the quickest way to achieve UHC is to end out of pocket payment for health services.

He also noted that the senate is working to amend the National Health Insurance Scheme act to accommodate all Nigerians.

According to Oloriegbe, the summit will deepen the understanding of the legislators on the concept of UHC and their roles towards achieving it.

The chairman also said that the summit would map out the role of lawmakers towards the implementation of BHCPF, within the context of the National Health Act ,(NHA), 2014.

He noted that it would also appraise the progress of implementation of the communique of the second Annual Legislative Summit.

Oloriegbe said the summit would reach a consensus on the Strategic Framework for the National Legislative Health Agenda to guide the activities of the legislators for the next four years, and prioritise activities for Year 2020.

He therefore said that the summit would deliver a consensus built on Strategic Framework for the National Legislative Health Agenda, focusing on efficiency and effectiveness.

“The summit will map out a work plan for year 2020 and set a path to guide the legislators,” he said.

He noted that in collaboration with other tiers of government, the service wide fund for health would be released for the good health of all.

The three-day summit with the theme “Efficiency and Effectiveness in Nigerian Health Sector: The role of Legislators in Centralised Democracy” would examine the implementation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) which is key to achieving UHC in Nigeria.

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