By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Health Insurance Scheme (FIHS) has stressed the need to increase funding in the health sector, in order to boost support for vulnerable persons in the society, to enrol in affordable Health Insurance schemes.
Making this point during a road walk it organised, in commemoration of 2020 Universal Health Coverage Day in Abuja, Director FHIS, Ahmed Danfulani said that Nigeria and African in general has a long way to go in achieving basic healthcare.
Danfulani noted that without adequate attention to the quality of healthcare for the poor and vulnerable in the society in Nigeria, the country cannot guarantee delivery of basic healthcare.
According to him, though ten percent is been earmark in the nation’s budget, which is not enough for health delivery, the Federal Government has taken a positive step by deducting one percent for basic healthcare provision fund to take care of the poor.
While noting that one of the seventeen sustainable envelopment goals adopted by the United Nations is the provision of Universal health coverage, the FHIS boss revealed that over two hundred thousand people have been enrolled into the scheme in the FCT.
He said more vulnerable and poor masses in the communities of the FCT are in the process of enrolment into the health insurance scheme.
Furthermore, he opined that effort towards making National Health Insurance Scheme mandatory is at the verge of becoming a law, adding that provision has also been made for vulnerable and poor Nigerians to enrol into scheme for free.
He therefore called on Nigerians to avail themselves in ensuring that together with their families and love ones enrol in the scheme to be given adequate health care by Federal, State and Local Government
World Health Organization (WHO), in 2005 adopted Universal Health Coverage, UHC to provides a specific health‐care benefit package to all members of a defined population, through provision of financial risk protection in the course of accessing necessary health‐care services with its theme year 2020 as “Health for all, protect everyone”.