By Chioma Obinna
THEÂ Health Bill before the National Assembly would create a fund out of the consolidated revenue of the government to purchase health insurance for the less privileged.
Endorsing the Bill, Managing Director, Premium Health -Â a leading Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) – Dr. Ladi OkuboyejoÂ lamented the poor health indices in the country, but said the Bill is a step in the right direction.
Commenting on plans to extend the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to rural areas under the planned Community- based health insurance scheme, he pointed out that the scheme would provide access toÂ good, affordable and qualityÂ care services to Nigerians in the rural areas.
He said the NHIS Board headed by former Health Minister, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo would be reviewing the current NHIS Act and noted that the review was necessary to make the scheme compulsory for all Nigerians.
Chairman, Chief Bayo Kuku said the National Health Bill when signed into law would create an avenue for Nigerians in the formal sector to access good quality health care services under NHIS. He called on State, Local Governments and organized private sector to support the efforts of the Federal Government by embracing and participating in the laudable programme designed to improve the health care indices of the nation.
Kuku said the health sector has grown to about 5 per cent of the population and expected to witness unprecedented growth over the next 12 months with imminent extension of community-basedÂ programme for pregnant women and children