NHIA sensitises stakeholders on new reforms in Yobe state
By Ahmed Abba
National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) on Wednesday organised stakeholders’ sensitisation forum in Yobe state.
The Acting State Coordinator for the Authority, Malam Mansur Akilu said at the occasion that the Yobe state office deemed it necessary to update stakeholders on the new developments at the Authority.
He said “As a result of the ongoing reforms, we deemed it necessary to invite our stakeholders and update them on the reforms the authority is undergoing.”
The Coordinator said the laws governing the authority had been signed, while the Operational guidelines was launched on Tuesday by the minister of health, Prof. Ali Pate.
Akilu said the operational guidelines was crucial to clarifying roles, responsibilities, and obligations of various stakeholders in the health sector.
“This operational guideline serve as guiding principles where each and every stakeholder will exercise his role and operate within the scope of his limit without interference,” he said.
He noted that the development would address one of the major problems of lack or shortage of drugs at some of facilities.
“So with this initiative, out of stock syndrome will be a thing of the past in sha Allah,” he said.
He said considering the socioeconomic and social status of the Nigerians, the authority had designed programmes for each and every Nigerian.
“The Law makes health insurance mandatory for all citizens and legal residents in bid to achieve universal coverage”, he added.
Akilu said the participating stakeholders were representatives from Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) healthcare facilities and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs).