NMA says it’s time for Public Enquiry

Dr. Osahon Enabulele, Past President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA,
Dr. Osahon Enabulele, Past President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA,
Dr. Osahon Enabulele, Past President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and current Vice President of the Commonwealth Medical Association has called for a public inquiry, urgent governance reforms and declaration of a state of emergency on the operations and management of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. He said this during the 2018 NMA Physicians’ Week in Umuahia Abia State, bemoaned the abysmal level of Universal Health Coverage, UHC in Nigeria, put at 2-3%, 19 years after the establishment of the scheme and more than 13 years after the official lunch of the Formal Sector Social Health Insurance Scheme. He said it was time to review its operations. He has therefore called for an urgent public inquiry, urgent governance reforms and declaration of a state of emergency in the operations and management of the NHIS.
He said, “If Nigeria is to improve on her current poor UHC levels, a holistic and comprehensive overhaul of the National Health Insurance Scheme will have to be urgently conducted, with institution of urgent progressive reforms in the governance and management of the scheme as well as in the mode of appointment of the Executive Secretary and Managers of the Scheme. This poor coverage level has denied Nigeria and most of her citizens several benefits that could accrue from UHC, including improved health outcomes and life expectancy.”
He has thereby called for improved political commitment to health and UHC, strengthening physician-led Primary Health Care and National Health System, amendment of the NHIS Act, curtailing outward medical tourism by political and public office holders, operationalization of the National Health Act among others.

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