Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) has restated the commitment of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the FCT before 2030 deadline.
Abdulraheem gave the commitment at a one-day meeting for enrollees/health maintenance organisations/health care practitioners in Abaji Area Council, organised by the FCT Health Insurance Scheme (FHIS) on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, FHIS is also scaling-up its services to cover the informal sector and organised private sector to achieve the goal.
He said that the registration members of the area council would soon commence to ensure speedy attainment of the UHC in the FCT.
“The importance of this meeting, therefore, cannot be overemphasised, it will provide forum for Health Care Practitioners (HCPs), Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs), Enrollees and the management of FHIS to interact and coordinate all FHIS activities.
“No doubt, a meaningful success has been achieved in the public sector with more than 125, 000 enrollees registered to date.
“The HHSS, under my leadership, will continue to give you all the necessary support to achieve your mandate,’’ Abdulraheem said.
Dr Mohammed Kawu, Director of Health Planning and Statistic, FCT Health Secretariat said that one of the 12-point agenda of the FCT Minister was to ensure coverage for social health insurance for FCT residents.
Kawu said the leadership of FCT had not done anything if people could not access health services.
He called on the stakeholders to take the meeting seriously in order to address the challenges confronting the health sector in the FCT.
Dr Ahmed DanFulani, Director, FHIS, pledged the organisation’s readiness to ensure that 50 per cent of health insurance covered the FCT residents, while stakeholders must put in their best to achieve the universal healthcare agenda.
“We will ensure that the FCT retirees are going to be on NHIS for life, I don’t believe in the idea of retirees roaming the street for healthcare after retirement, children who are between age 0 to 21 years can still enjoy health insurance,’’ he said.
Dr Angus Onyekweli, the Medical Doctor, Abaji General Hospital, however, identified inadequate electricity as one of the major challenges faced by the health sector in the area.
According to Onyekweli, 70 to 80 per cent of patients at the Abaji General Hospital is covered by NHIS, stressing that stakeholders had to address the major challenges in order to enable people enjoy the benefits of the scheme.
“The vision for the FCT health sector must be pursued by all; it is a laudable one that needs the input of all stakeholders.
“The benefit of the vision provides unlimited healthcare coverage, affordable and accessible healthcare services.
“Part of these challenges is that, some of the healthcare providers in Abaji are yet to register as secondary healthcare providers; we call on them to do so,’’ he said. (NAN)
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