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NHIS covers only 3% of Nigerian population – Association

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said that only three per cent of the Nigerian populace was covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

This is contained in a communique issued in Lagos at the end of the association’s 53rd Annual General Conference/Delegates meeting.

It, therefore, urged the Federal Government to fast rack the coverage of the scheme through the improvement of the Community-Based Social Health Insurance Scheme, to ensure quality healthcare delivery to Nigerians.

The theme of the meeting was “e-Health: Potential for Improving Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria’”

“|Delegates were appalled by the slow pace of the NHIS and the paltry three percent coverage of the Nigerian population by the scheme.

“We are calling for the urgent appointment of a substantive Executive Secretary to the NHIS to reverse this slow pace.

“We are also calling on the National Assembly to entrench in the 1999 constitution, currently undergoing the process of amendment, provisions to guarantee the health rights of Nigerians which are justifiable fundamental Human Rights.”

The communique applauded the government’s decision to reverse medical tourism in the country through the establishment mega hospitals.

Furthermore, it called on the government to give equal attention to the existing federal hospitals across the country, noting that they already had needed expertise in virtually all fields in medicine.

The association resolved to collaborate and cooperate with government to provide formidable governance, adequate resources and finances for the development of e-health in the country.

“The concept of e-health is safe, ethical, has cost effective transmission, exchange sharing and dissemination of health data and information through the utilization of applications such as m-health, telemedicine and electronic health records.”

It further resolved that all medical practitioners would have the well-being of patients at in their hearts and actions.

The communique was jointly signed by the President and the Secretary-General of the association, Dr Osahon Enabulele and Dr Akpufuoma Pemu, respectively.

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