The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it is committed to attaining the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the FCT before the 2030 deadline.
Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) gave the commitment at a one-day meeting for enrollees/health maintenance organisations/health care practitioners in Abaji Area Council, organised by the FCT Health Insurance Scheme (FHIS) on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, FHIS is also scaling-up its services to cover the informal sector and organised private sector to achieve the goal.
He said that the registration of members of the area council would soon commence to ensure speedy attainment of the UHC in the FCT.
“The importance of this meeting, therefore, cannot be overemphasised, it will provide forum for Health Care Practitioners (HCPs), Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs), Enrollees and the management of FHIS to interact and coordinate all FHIS activities. No doubt, a meaningful success has been achieved in the public sector with more than 125,000 already registered. The HHSS, under my leadership, will continue to give you all the necessary support to achieve your mandate,’’ Abdulraheem said.
Dr Mohammed Kawu, Director of Health Planning and Statistic, FCT Health Secretariat said that one of the 12-point agenda of the FCT Minister was to ensure coverage for social health insurance for all residents, noting that the leadership of FCT had not done anything if people could not access health services.
He called on the stakeholders to take the meeting seriously in order to address the challenges confronting the health sector in the FCT.
Dr Ahmed DanFulani, Director, FHIS, pledged the organisation’s readiness to ensure that 50 per cent of health insurance covered the FCT residents, while stakeholders must put in their best to achieve the universal healthcare agenda.
“We will ensure that the FCT retirees are going to be on NHIS for life, I don’t believe in the idea of retirees roaming the street for healthcare after retirement, children who are between age 0 to 21 years can still enjoy health insurance,’’ he said.
Dr Angus Onyekweli, the Medical Doctor, Abaji General Hospital, however, identified inadequate electricity as one of the major challenges faced by the health sector in the area.
According to Onyekweli, about 80 per cent of patients at the Abaji General Hospital are covered by NHIS, stressing that stakeholders had to address the major challenges in order to enable people enjoy the benefits of the scheme.