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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

NHIS:Only 2500 Primary health facilities are functioning in Nigeria



                        

Only 2, 500 of the 30,000 primary healthcare facilities across the country are functioning, the Acting Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr Olufemi Akingbade, has said.

He said in Abuja yesterday when he led some senior officials of the agency on a visit to the Nigerian Communication Satellites Limited (NIGCOMSAT) that the 27, 500 facilities which should cater for more than 100 million poor Nigerians were without any health official and the facilities there were rotting away.
The implication of this, he said, was that many poor people who should be enjoying health care services from the government facilities had been cut off.

This is also hindering the universal health coverage programme of the federal government, he added.
"It is not fault of this current government; a lot of considerations in the past had been on the secondary and tertiary health facilities. We now see that a lot of people that need health care facilities actually need basic health care facilities. And so much focus had not been made on this sector after the era of Olukoye Ransome-Kuti: a lot of things had been neglected at the primary health level, " he said.

He said the NHIS team visited NIGCOMSAT to seek partnership on how to use mapping and satellite communications to reach and monitor primary health care facilities in the remote areas of the country. 

NIGCOMSAT Managing Director, Ms Abimbola Alale, said the agency could monitor health facilities in rural areas 24 hours a day.

daily trust reportage.

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