The coming on board of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS ) has greatly helped in providing more health care opportunities to Nigerians, the Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf has said.
This is just as he called on health practitioners to reciprocate government gestures by ensuring that patients are well taken care of, treated with utmost dignity and respect in their respective hospitals.
The NHIS boss stated this in Kaduna yesterday while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the opening ceremony of the ongoing 42nd Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians (WACP),Nigerian Chapter tagged: Kaduna 2018.
According to him, “NHIS has done a lot of good in this country.
Because of the funding it gives to hospitals , it has improved access to many patients all across this country and it has increased funding to hospitals, and we are expecting and urging all hospitals to treat all our patients with respect and dignity they deserve. “
As for the incessant strikes in hospitals across the country, Professor Yusuf said “we all know as physicians, nurses Pharmacists and health workers no lbody goes to strike happily doing it, but we are all appealing to each and everyone of us to look deep into our conscience and see what is the effect of the actions we take.”
He said that as an health organization, they are on ground to give support to the college and rubb minds on how to improve health care delivery among member countries and in Nigeria in particular.
Earlier, the National Chairman of WACP and College vice-president (Nigeria), Dr. Abel Nze Onunu said Nigeria is a country with a lot of resources both human and material , but we have not gotten it right in the health sector and as a result of that the “meeting is about examining the problems and challenges of the health sector in a scientific manner.”
He said, the 3-day scientific meeting with the theme: “ Enhancing performance of Healthcare system in Nigeria” will focus on topical issues in the field of medicine and critically examine the issues with a view to providing lasting solutions that would impact on our systems and improve our healthcare delivery.
By: ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna
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