In an effort to rid the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) of ghost enrollees and to ensure high level efficiency in the delivery of its services, the Scheme has entered into partnership with an information technology firm- Galaxy Backbone and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The collaboration is also aimed at eliminating the ICT challenges of the scheme and also create a sustainable healthcare delivery system in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, made this known when he visited the headquarters of Galaxy Backbone, a leading ICT infrastructure and services provider, in Abuja.
He reiterated that the NHIS is determined to ensure that every enrollee is biometrically captured, with a National Identification Number (NIN) and NHIS number, stressing, “the idea is to rid the health insurance system of ghost enrollees”.
The collaboration with the two firms, Yusuf said, is to eliminate the ICT challenges which have affected the Scheme over the years and create a sustainable healthcare delivery system in the country.
While describing communication as crucial to the operations of the NHIS, Yusuf expressed the readiness of the Scheme to taking advantage of every opportunity in the country to make things easy in that critical area of its business.
The General Manager, Public Relations, Abba Zayan, in a statement quoted Professor Yusuf as lamenting that the Scheme has been experiencing challenges in the areas of speed, accuracy and safety of its database which are fundamental to effective registration and the administration components of its operations.
Speaking, the Managing Director of Galaxy, Mr. Yusuf Kasari, applauded the new initiative and the concerted interest of the NHIS to take its ICT department to another level towards the global objective of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Kasari reiterated that the only way for the NHIS to ascertain the actual number of enrollees in the country is through biometric registration of the Scheme’s beneficiaries. This, according to him, will address the issue of multiplicity in the registration of enrollees.