Monday 24th July, 2017
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NHIS takes steps to eliminate ghost enrollees, improve healthcare delivery

NHIS takes steps to eliminate ghost enrollees, improve healthcare delivery

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.
 

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