The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said an effective National Health Insurance scheme remains the best panacea for development of the health sector and efficient healthcare delivery in the country.
This was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
Speaking on Monday while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in his office, Osinbajo said the governments have a good opportunity to do something about the National Health Insurance.
Although he pointed that it is obvious that the Federal Government and State Governments cannot adequately provide healthcare for almost 200million Nigerian people.
Citing India as an example, he mentioned that the country has the most privatized healthcare system in the world, with individual states being responsible for providing healthcare.
In addition, VP Osinbajo emphasized the need for “Doctors to be remunerated properly regardless of their location, either rural or urban locations. We must find a logical way of addressing this issue.”
“We must ensure that the states pick up their own part of the responsibility of providing healthcare in their States. With the National Economic Council, NEC, there is the opportunity to talk to State governors and one of the things we do is to look at the human development indices, especially for Primary Health Care,” he added.
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Stating there are States that are simply not doing enough, Osinbajo said that enough needed to be done by stepping up to the plate.
“States must be held to account because a lot of the responsibilities are theirs,” he said
He, however, emphasized that National Health Insurance is the key in resolving a lot of the financial problems in the Health Sector, adding that this administration has made the National Health Insurance central to the plans for the healthcare system in APC’s Next Level document.
Also speaking, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, highlighted the ministry’s strides in achieving the Universal Health Coverage towards the expansion of the National Health Insurance Scheme.