Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that only states with established and valid approved State Health Insurance Scheme would benefit from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.
Adewole made the assertion while addressing newsmen at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Meta in Lagos, shortly after his visit of facilities in the hospital.
He said plans were underway to ensure that states have insurance schemes, adding that some states were already implementing health insurance as contributing schemes.
“We are working with states and many of the states are implementing State Health Insurance as contributing schemes and that will feed into the national scheme. So, hopefully in the next couple of months, all states should have insurance scheme.
“In fact, no state can benefit from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund without a validly approved state health insurance scheme. Half of the N55.1 billion will be channelled through the NHIS so that we can pay for services; so people do not have to pay, in case of delivery that will be covered by the NHIS component of the scheme.
“For us, it is not State, Federal or Local Governments, but we just want it to work because that is what the people want,“ the minister said.
According to him, the implementation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund with N55.1 billion set aside in the 2018 Appropriation Act, all our Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) will have a new lease of life.
“We expect Nigerians to go there and access basic healthcare free of charge.
“What we have done so far is to put life into the primary healthcare system and that is what led us to the agenda to revitalise 10,000 PHCs. So far, we have done with our partners over 4,000 of the PHCs and we will still do more, “ Adewole said.
The minister, however, commended the resourcefulness of the FMC management to put in place measures to provide quality healthcare services to the public.
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has now threatened to invoke sanctions against illegal automated vehicular tracking (AVT) operators in the country.
Enugu Zonal Controller of the Commission, Emilia Nwokoro, who said, Friday, added that it was illegal for people to operate vehicular tracking services without registering with the commission, stressing that registration would help regulate their services.
Speaking during the unsealing of the D-Tech Multi Services, she stated that the commission’s enforcement procedures empowered it to seal off AVT services operating without license, explaining that D-Tech Multi Services was sealed off on October 31, last, following the refusal of its managers to regularize their operations with the commission.
She explained that the aim of registering the operators was to enhance security of services and ensure that vehicle owners deal with genuine auto- trackers in the state and called on members of the public to furnish her office with information concerning illegal operators in the state.