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Achieving Universal Health Coverage In Nigeria, How Feasible?

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Earlier this 12 months, the chairman of the Discussion board of Chief Govt Officers of State Social Well being Insurance coverage Companies, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi disclosed that solely 8,107,795 Nigerians have been enrolled within the medical health insurance scheme throughout 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 2018.

In response to him, Common Well being Protection (UHC), which signifies that all individuals have entry to the complete vary of high quality well being companies they want, when and the place they want them, with out monetary hardship, can’t be achieved if any state is left behind within the scheme.

Presently, Oyo state, together with 33 states in Nigeria, plus the FCT, have rolled out medical health insurance scheme.

To spice up uptake of medical health insurance among the many vulnerables and reduce-out-of-pocket cost for well being, the Oyo state authorities launched the Oyo State Well being Insurance coverage Company (OYSHIA) in 2016 and started enrolment in 2017. Its complete enrollment to this point is 190,968. Whereas the formal sector has enrolled 104,533, the casual sector has 86,435 enrollees.

One of many beneficiaries of the scheme is Fatimah Lawal, a civil servant and Oyo state resident. “The worth of medicine have skyrocketed in current time, making it troublesome for the widespread man to have entry to high quality healthcare companies. Thus, you possibly can solely think about how blissful I used to be to find concerning the Oyo State Well being Insurance coverage Scheme,” Lawal informed LEADERSHIP, throughout a go to to the Oyo state authorities employees clinic in Agodi, Ibadan.

A common well being practitioner on the Oyo state authorities employees clinic, Dr. Tunde Oyeyiola, informed LEADERSHIP that the hospital is among the healthcare suppliers below the medical health insurance scheme.

Oyeyiola mentioned with as little as ₦600 monthly, civil servants enrolled below the scheme can entry healthcare companies.

“I don’t even discover that N600 is being faraway from my month-to-month wage. But, my household and that i now have entry to complete healthcare companies. We don’t pay a dime to entry high quality healthcare companies on the Clinic. I need to commend the Oyo state authorities for this initiative,” Mrs Lawal averred.

The chief secretary of OYSHIA, Dr Olusola Akande, at a two-day media dialogue tagged: “Altering The Narrative on Baby Mortality By way of Well being Insurance coverage,” in Ibadan, Oyo state, organised by OYSHIA in collaboration with the United Nations Kids’s Fund (UNICEF), mentioned, the intention of the scheme is to attain Common Well being Protection (UHC) within the state.

“Whereas we’ve ensured all civil servants within the state are enrolled below the scheme, we at the moment are extending insurance coverage protection advantages to weak teams, in order to attain UHC within the state,” Akande said.

To this finish, the Oyo state authorities has additionally prolonged the medical health insurance advantages to non-civil servants, the chief secretary of OYSHIA mentioned, whilst he disclosed that with simply ₦13,500 per 12 months, non-civil servants can entry complete healthcare companies, with many residents already making the most of the chance.

For the weak group within the state, Akande disclosed that the state authorities had dedicated N1billion for the enrollment of the vulnerables within the state. “With this fund, we’re going to enroll all the road sweepers in Oyo state. The sweepers who represent over 800 lives are majorly ladies. We are going to enroll them without cost. We do this type of enrollment regularly as an modern method to lengthen insurance coverage protection to weak teams. We’re additionally enrolling individuals residing with HIV; that’s the essence of insurance coverage, offering insurance coverage protection for weak teams,” he defined.

In her presentation titled “Entry to Well being Insurance coverage: A Gateway to Obtain Common Well being Protection for All in Nigeria’, Well being Specialist with UNICEF, Dr. Ijeoma Agbo mentioned even if the proportion of individuals with medical health insurance has been rising over time, there are nonetheless giant gaps in protection, leaving a large phase of the inhabitants—notably the weak—with out insurance coverage.

She mentioned, UHC, is achieved when all individuals have entry to high-quality important companies they want with out dealing with monetary hardship, notably on the time of service supply.

To speed up progress in direction of UHC in Nigeria, Agbo mentioned concerted efforts have to be geared in direction of addressing systemic challenges in addition to strengthening well being techniques. “Attaining UHC requires a multi-sectoral and collaborative method involving authorities businesses, healthcare suppliers, donor businesses, civil society organisations, the personal sector, communities, and the media,” she added.

 

 

 

 

She disclosed that UNICEF is dedicated to working along with all stakeholders to beat limitations, leverage assets, and be sure that all Nigerians have entry to the healthcare companies they want with out monetary hardship.

 

 

 

 

Having medical health insurance is essential for guaranteeing that children get the correct medical consideration they require to develop, prosper, and attain their full potential, the communication officer, UNICEF, Blessing Ejiofor, said.

 

 

 

To shut the present gaps in medical health insurance protection for deprived teams, she known as on the media to take an energetic advocacy position through the use of their varied platforms to convey consideration to the difficulty.

 

 

 

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