Health Sector: Is N67.5bn A lot of Money to Be Spent On 45m Nigerians?

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is set to spend the sum of N67.5 billion to capture at least 45million Nigerians in its health insurance programme.

The sum of N250 per person is expected to capture primarily, maternal and child health, students in public primary schools and emergency interventions in the camps of the internally displaced persons.

Mr Olufemi Akingbade, who is the acting executive secretary of NHIS, disclosed this, yesterday, when the agency hosted the media to end- of-year media interaction. He also added that the scheme is targeted to reach every Nigerian.

We are looking at emergency interventions. The intervention we are going to do will be one direct intervention which will cater for their needs which include drugs and other medical amenities that are lacking in some of the camps.”- Akingbade said.

He also stated that NHIS is set to begin the National Mobile Health Insurance Programme in 2016. The programme which had been in the pipeline but was marred by flaws is expected to take-off in the first quarter of next year.

‎ He lamented that the biggest disadvantage being done to the country is in putting health in the concurrent list whereby law at the centre are not meant to be strictly adhered to by those at other tiers of government which includes the states and the local governments.