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NHIS spends N1.2bn on maternal and child health

By Sola Ogundipe

As part of efforts aimed at further reducing the high rate of maternal and child mortality, in the country, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has so far committed a total of  N1.2 billion in the second year of implementation of the NHIS/Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) maternal and child health project.

Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Dr. Waziri Dogo-Muhammad dropped the hint at a crucial technical review meeting with Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs), involved in phase two of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) project being implemented in six selected states across the country and funded by the MDGs office.

He said funds earmarked for various activities under the projects are being put to effective use, stressing that money spent on healthcare delivery should improve the country’s health indices. “If we are to spend more money on health, there has to be better health for the money spent,” he argued

Dogo-Muhammad debunked recent reports suggesting that the Scheme has not remitted funds to HMOs regularly, expressing disappointment that no HMO had reacted to the unfounded report.

The health insurance boss urged HMOs to step up mobilization and sensitisation efforts, insisting that the Scheme is a regulator and would no longer be distracted from  her statutory roles.

Observing the level of improvement in maternal and child mortality  as indicated in the recently diseminated
National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), he noted that more work was required  in the implementation of the MCH project, urging stakeholders to fine tune their strategies for the accomplishment of the task.

On challenges encountered in registering beneficiaries under the project, Dogo Muhammad encouraged HMOs to explore more foolproof mechanisms, maintaining that accurate data was key to the success of the programme.
Dogo-Muhammad further assured that NHIS will continue to develop programmes for all segments of the population, emphasising however that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure smooth implementation.


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