AllAfrica.com) - Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo is the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme. At a media parley recently, he speaks on the agency, its achievements and the challenges confronting the scheme.
The National Health Insurance Scheme formally took off in 2005. How has it been?
It has been very challenging but promising. It has been challenging in the sense that the scheme was given a tough mandate to ensure universal health coverage by 2015 without being given the necessary resources to make this possible. But it has been promising because we have made tremendous progress and we have the prospects of doing even better. The formal sector programme at the federal level has run fairly well, even though there were initial challenges in form of scepticism.
Promoting universal financial protection: constraints and enabling factors in scaling-up coverage with social health insurance in Nigeria
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Nigeria was launched in 2005 as part of efforts by the federal government to achieve universal coverage using financial risk protection mechanisms. However, only 4% of the population, and mainly federal government employees, are currently covered by health insurance and this is primarily through the Formal Sector Social Health Insurance Programme (FSSHIP) of the NHIS.
This study aimed to understand why different state (sub-national) governments decided whether or not to adopt the FSSHIP for their employees.
Methods: This study used a comparative case study approach.
(CitiFMOnline) - A 15-member delegation from Nigeria is in Ghana on a week-long study tour of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
(The Guardian - Nigeria) - THE House of Representatives is placing squarely on the shoulders of the Senate the delay in the passage of the National Health Bill (NHB) and the Bill Establishing a Commission on National Health Insurance (NHIC) with more regulatory duties from the existing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
On the international front, India and Nigeria will battle it out at the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, for the headship of member-states’ mechanism on substandard/spurious/falsely labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products.
The Guardian learnt on Tuesday at the WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, that India was opposed to Nigeria, represented by the Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr.
(The Nigerian Tribune) - Health, they say, is wealth and forindividuals, households, communities, state and country in order to enjoy thegoodness of life to the fullest. But due to the poverty level inNigeria today, health care services in both public and private hospitals havenot been free, as many people find it difficult to pay medical bills for commondiseases. As a result of this, many now fall back to alternative health carewhich they can access at cheaper rate not minding whether such health careproviders are not professionals nor skilled in health related matters.
(The Guardian Nigeria) - LAGOS State government recently convened a state health council meeting to chart path to universal access in healthcare in the state.
The meeting, of all stakeholders in the state health sector, was to provide quality service delivery for about 20 million Lagosians, through policy shift from out-of-pocket payment to a contributory or pre-payment mechanism.
Opening the two-day meeting theme: “Creating universal access to healthcare in Lagos State”, Governor Babatunde Fashola said quality healthcare was important to all people and remains one of the few social issues that is apolitical.
While not in doubt that progress has been made in the state health sector, he said the enormous challenges in the sector, coupled with the rise in Non-Communicable Diseases, had called for new strategy at delivering care services to the people.
Fashola said though Lagos’ free healthcare programme would continue in the state but “it still cannot cover everyone, which
(The Guardian Nigeria) - DESPITE its dream of securing universal coverage and access to adequate and affordable healthcare in order to improve the health status of Nigerians, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is yet to enjoy good support from state governments, Acting Executive Secretary of NHIS, Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo, has said.
The Scheme established under Act 35 of 1999 by the Federal Government of Nigeria, is aimed at providing easy access to healthcare for all Nigerians at an affordable cost through various prepayment systems, especially for those participating in the various programmes/products of the Scheme.
Sambo told journalists at the weekend that among the three tiers of government, it is only the Federal Government that is making contributions to the scheme.
(Leadership) - The Senate in Abuja on Monday said it would take appropriate legislative actions to speed up the passage of the National Health Bill to ensure it got presidential assent on time.
The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, made the pledge at the public hearing on the bill.
Represented by Sen.
(National Mirror) - The Acting Executive Secretary, Nigerian Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo, at the weekend disclosed that only 4.3 per cent of Nigerians were covered by various health insurance programmes.
This is as the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has expressed dismay over the slow pace of the NHIS.
Sambo, who spoke in Abuja, put the total number of persons covered by the scheme across the country at a little over seven million, out of the over 160 million population.
He said: “Under the formal sector at the federal level, we have close to 2.7 million people. Earlier last year, it was 2.1 million. We were able to increase it to 2.7 million. It is slow because people haven’t presented themselves or take time to present themselves for registration.
“Under the organised private sector, we have well over a million. Currently, we have over seven million Nigerians covered in the various programmes.
(Daily Trust) - Health experts have called for the introduction of taxes on phone calls and airline operators to generate funds to sustain the country's health sector.
The experts, who made the call at a forum in Abuja, stressed the need for governments at all levels to increase funds being allocated to health sector to prevent people from dying due to preventable causes.
They spoke at a stakeholders' engagement forum on 'Sustainable Health Financing in Nigeria' organised by Access Bank Plc, as part of its contribution to the ongoing reform in Nigeria's health sector.
The federal government currently spends about 4 to 6 percent of its budget on health contrary to the 15 per cent agreed upon by African leaders during the Abuja Declaration in 2001.
The Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Professor John Idoko, in his presentation, regretted that over 75 per cent of funds being spent to fight HIV/AIDS scourge is being provided through forei