By Gabriel Olawale
The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance and support from office of Accountant General of the Federation has began the sensitization of heads of federal health institution across the country on the need to harmonized revenue collection and payment monitoring for transparent.
Speaking in Lagos, during South West Zonal stakeholders meeting on implementation of Online Health Pay Platform, Chairman Steering Committee on Health Pay Project, Mr. John Waitono said that the whole idea of online health payment was not about policing head of federal hospitals across the country but empowered them with tools to make right decision and eliminate leakages.
Waitono who is the Deputy Director (PICA/Special Project), Federal Ministry of Finance explained that they are aware that certain hospitals across the country are implementing different payment platform or process but the proposed Online Health Pay Platform will improve the existing system in various institution.
Corroborating his views, Director, Specialty Hospital, Federal Ministry of Health who represented Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Noah Andrew said the platform goes beyond revenue monitoring.
“It helps to answer what we are collecting payment for. Are people paying more for malaria drugs, test for diarrhea and what it means? Aggregation of payment is a big issue across health institution in the country and technology is the only thing that can help us bridge that gap and provide that level of information to different stakeholders.”
In his welcome address, Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta, Dr. Adedamola Dada expressed the hospital’s commitment to any initiative that will bring about better care for the Nigerians and promote transparency.
“We agree to host this programme because we belief in accountability and efficient service delivery.”