By Adedapo Adesanya
Twenty million Nigerians have been targeted to be brought under health insurance nationwide over the course of 10 years, says the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
At a ceremony to mark the kick-off of enrolment of beneficiaries in Jigawa State, the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Mr Mohammed Sambo, noted that the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF was part of the overall effort to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
The NHIS chief was quoted in a statement issued by Mr Emmanuel Ononokpono, the NHIS Head of Media and Public Relations, as saying that through the programme, the most vulnerable of the most populous African country will have access to affordable minimum health care.
He said that the BHCPF which is provided for in section 11 of the National Health Act of 2014 guarantees the application of 1 per cent of Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for funding of primary health care.
According to Mr Sambo, the commencement of enrolment of beneficiaries under the BHCPF is a strong indication of the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration towards health, noting that the implementation of the National Health Act, signed into law in 2014, only began under the watch of the current administration in 2019.
The NHIS head further disclosed that the scheme, which is one of the implementing agencies of the fund, was now properly positioned and equipped to provide effective oversight of the programme guided by the ongoing reforms of its operations.
On his part, the Governor of Jigawa State, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Umar Namadi, said that the launch was an important milestone in the pursuit of quality health care for citizens of the state, maintaining that the state government was committed to raising the health indices of its population.
Mr Namadi stated that the Jigawa State government has granted sponsorship to 60 citizens of the state to study medicine in China to bridge the human resource gap in the health care delivery system of the state, adding that the second batch of trainees was waiting in line to benefit from the medical course.
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