By Sola Ogundipe
Clearline HMO, Nigeriaâ€™s foremost Health Maintenance Organisation has urged health providers to facilitate success of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by oming togather to ensure affordable and qualitative healthcare for Nigerians.
Managing Director/CEO, Clearline HMO, Dr Segun Ogundimu said the role of providers is paramount and as such, they should provide the required support to ensure success of the scheme.
Ogundimu who was former Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, spoke during the health providers forum organised by Clearline across geographical locations in the country, observed that there is need to make the scheme work at all times and get it right in order to achieve desired results.
The whole essence of the forum which took place in Kano, Port Harcourt, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan,Abuja and Lagos, is to have a platform to appraise the scheme on regular basis and tackle the challenges facing the health providers who relate directly with patients.
The forum deliberated on challenges facing the scheme and charting ways to make new in-roads for positive contributions . Commenting, Ogundimu said a lot of work still needed to be done as there is need to focus on community health.
He said the NHIS has only five million enrolles nationwide to date out of 140 million Nigerians. He called for increased awareness for the scheme. Clearline is expanding nationwide.