Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) says it will partner stakeholders to revamp the country’s 10,000 Primary Health Care facilities before the end of this year. The Acting Executive Secretary of the scheme, Femi Akingbade, disclosed this in the nation’s capital city, Abuja during a meeting with stakeholders with the theme “Understanding the Roles of Stakeholders in the Emerging NHIS”.
Akingbade said that the partnership was to strengthen the efforts being made by the Federal Government to ensure Universal Health Coverage. He said that “strengthening the Primary Health Care (PHC) system will reduce the medical cases referred to secondary and tertiary health care facilities. He added that “strengthening of the PHC facilities will encourage proximity and boost the confidence of the enrollees in the health care system.
The acting executive secretary also said that the referral system needed to be organized. He said that there were some enrollees that would require advanced treatment in secondary and tertiary health care facilities. He said that the process would be painstaking, but the roles of each system needed to be spelt out properly and as well generate revenues and that the scheme would assist Health Maintenance Organizations and Health Care Facilities (HCF) access finance to boost their hospitals for the benefit of enrollees.
Akingbade concluded that insurance to health was the key to sustainable health, but lack of confidence in the health care system had deterred enrollees.