(Daily Times NG) - The Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday expressed satisfaction with the programmes designed by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to achieve universal health coverage by 2015.
This is contained in a statement signed by NHIS’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Hannatu Ardo, in Abuja.
He said that the Federal Government had demonstrated remarkable determination to expand access as well as make healthcare services affordable for the people through the NHIS.
He stressed that the scheme remained the fulcrum through which Nigerians could access affordable and qualitative healthcare services.
The statement quotes the minister, who was speaking at a recent launch of the Community-Based Social Health Insurance programme, as saying that the scheme was a response to government’s drive to health insurance.
The minister said that Nigerians, especially those in the rural communities, would have their health needs addressed when integrated i
(AllAfrica.com) - The senate has sought to replace the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with the National Health Insurance Commission.
The senate yesterday began the move by allowing the second reading of a bill titled "A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 2004 and to enact the National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2012."
Supporting the bill, which was sponsored by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP, Delta), Senators Ahmed Lawan (ANPP, Yobe North), Chris Ngige (ACN, Anambra), Gbenga Kaka (ACN, Ogun), Shaba Lafiaji (PDP, Kwara), Smart Adeyemi (PDP, Kogi West) and Mohammed Saleh (CPC, Kaduna Central) described the NHIS as too elitist.
They said NHIS Act does not cover millions of non-salary earners and other Nigerians in the informal sector.
"Majority of Nigerians are poor and lack access to healthcare services.
(Business Day) - Managers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) are seeking to widen the funding option for health insurance in the country. Besides the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) approval of NHIS collaboration with the International Finance cooperation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, a grant of N208 million ($1.3 million) for a modified information technology (IT) systems to strengthen its operations, the agency is working out ways to make mobile phone subscribers contribute to the funding of the scheme.
If approved by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Consumer Protections Council (CPC), mobile phone subscribers may pay one kobo per second for every call to enable the NHIS realise its 2015 universal health coverage target.
(Vanguard) - The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Abdulrahaman Sambo has said 98 percent of health workers in the Federal government employ has keyed into the Scheme.
Sambo,who disclosed this in Lagos at a national workshop for CSOs/NGOs on Community Based Health Insurance Scheme, CBHI, organised by the NHIS in collaboration with the Civil Society Advocacy Center, CISLAC, however, argued that the only way universal coverage could be achieved is through coverage of the informal sector as desired by the NHIS through the CBHI.
“To achieve this mandate, the NHIS has designed a number of programmes that target the various socio-economic groups in the country.
Expanding access to health insurance is an important part of an overall strategy to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Nigeria will need to make crucial decisions if access and financial protection in the context of health are to be expanded to cover the majority of the population. The Health Policy Project’s new report “Scaling up National Health Insurance in Nigeria: Learning from Case Studies of India, Colombia, and Thailand” explores the experiences of three countries as they developed government policies as a strategy to achieve universal health coverage. The report presents lessons learned from these countries which should be useful for stakeholders involved in expanding and improving the NHIS in Nigeria, and for other countries working to achieve UHC.
(The Guardian Nigeria) - THE Bayelsa State government has earmarked N500 million to kick-start a health insurance scheme.
Disclosing this while receiving the report of the state Health Committee in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson said the scheme would cover all civil servants.
According to him, “this is a project that we are very passionate about and that is the state’s health insurance policy. I have been informed that you have talked about it.
“I hope that your recommendations and findings in that regard are exhaustive but we intend, in no distant time, to set up a technical committee to undertake the drafting of the legislation that will support the health insurance scheme.”
He added: “We feel that we should not allow our people to bear the brunt of healthcare. It is never done in any decent society.
(AfriqueJet Actualite Afrique) - Health insurance - A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, just signed by the Hygeia Community Health Care, HCHC, Dutch Health insurance Fund and the Kwara State Government towards the state-wide expansion of the Kwara Community Health Insurance Programme, is designed to enrol no less than 600,000 low-income individuals in the 16 Local Government Areas of the state by 2017.
The Kwara State community Isurance Programme, a Public Private Participation, PPP, initiative is facilitated by HCHC and PharmAccess Foundation with a premium subsidy funding agreement between the Kwara State Government and the Dutch Health Insurance Fund. Under the arrangement the Kwara State Government increasingly takes the health insurance premium subsidy financing.
Disclosing this in Lagos, Group CEO, Hygeia Group, Mr Lars Stork described the development as a major milestone .
(News 24 Nigeria) - The Minister of State for Health, Dr.
(The Guardian Nigeria) - It is hard to believe, but a child’s future can be determined years before they even reach their fifth birthday.
A child’s potential can be greatly enhanced or just as equally limited, within the first five years of their life. These years comprise the most fragile years and are the gateway to the formative years of a child’s life. Securing the future for our children, and indeed our country, requires that extra attention be paid to these formative years. It also means that we as young people must take up a role in advocating for the healthcare and other needs of these children, as the future of all our efforts is theirs to hold and cherish.
According to the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, some 80 per cent of the world’s under-five deaths in 2011 occurred in only 25 countries, and about half in only five countries: India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and China.
(Business Day Online) - Over the years, healthcare financing in Nigeria has come from public funding, health insurance scheme, external loans, grants and out-of-pocket payment for medicare.