BY FAVOUR ALILU
National Health Insurance Scheme’s (NHIS) Executive Secetary, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, has promised to adopt a three-point aggressive and purposeful strategy to rebrand the scheme.
Sambo disclosed this at a two-day retreat for the top management committee of NHIS in Kaduna on Tuesday.
He said the scheme has a presidential mandate to achieve Universal Health Coverage through the three-point agenda towards the realisation of its core mandate.
“I’m a public health physician and I work with evidence. I am trying to take a comprehensive stock of what has been happening in NHIS”. he said
He also said “The first step in our rebranding agenda is that we will embark on an aggressive and purposeful strategy that will reorient the organisation. This will however develop into a very good value system which will bring stability in the health insurance system.
“I am going to be systematic and purposeful, and the way to do it is to generate and gather evidence, by taking stock of all stakeholders,’’ he explained.
Sambo said the management would be embarking on a purposeful stakeholder’s engagement with the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) and Health Care Providers to have a very transparent discussion in line with the accountability agenda of the current administration.
He added that problems would be collectively identified and solutions proffered by all stakeholders.
Sambo further reteriated that part of the reform agenda is also to catalogue how many Ministries, Departments and Agencies are under the Federal Government.
He added that the exercise would determine the total number of federal government employees who have subscribed to the scheme and those yet to be enrolled.
He noted that the scheme was meant to be compulsory for all federal government employees, assuring that the scheme will design a strategy to ensure all the workers enrol in line with the presidential mandate.
According to Sambo, the three-point agenda include “first, restoring the value system that would transform NHIS into a credible and result driven organisation.
“Secondly, engendering transparency and accountability in the entire operation of the scheme, and
“Thirdly, accelerating the drive of the scheme towards achieving a universal access to quality healthcare for all Nigerians’’.