The Federal Government has been urged to redesign a better way of making the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) work in the country as it is
being implemented in Europe and other parts of the world.
A Pharmacist, Mustapha Malik, stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists. He noted that government policy on the scheme is to reduce the cost of drugs to beneficiaries.
According to him “It is highly commendable, the biggest problem pharmacists are facing in the implementing the programme has to do with the point of payment from the intermediaries or vendors of the scheme.”
Pharmacist Malik lamented that most of these vendors of the scheme have defaulted in the payment of the money meant for the scheme or even at worst, absconded at the detriment of the pharmacy who supplied them the drugs.
He also suggested that the federal government should introduce a cooperative bank that will be paying the pharmacy monthly or quarterly so as to ensure full success of the programme.
Speaking further, Pharmacist Malik appealed to the federal government to urgently do something about the rising rate of the Dollar against the Naira which he regretted was now affecting and killing the health sector in particular and other areas of the economy. He also blamed the current high rate of death in the country on the high cost of drugs which most patients cannot avoid and have to resort to local herbs which in most cases end up destroying their kidney and liver.
The medical expert however advocated the reversal of the policy of appointment of Doctors as Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of hospitals in the country to the situation in the past where directors of administration were at the helms of affairs of teaching hospitals and not necessarily medical doctors.