EXECUTIVE Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Professor Usman Yusuf has solicited for the support of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage, UHC, in Nigeria. In a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot, yesterday from the NHIS office Yusuf made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the SGF in his office. Yusuf lamented that some Federal Government Agencies that are yet to key into the Scheme as stipulated in the NHIS Act which mandates all Federal Government Agencies to subscribe to the NHIS. He said the appeal became necessary considering the number of these agencies that are yet to comply, which to a large extent hinders the success of the Scheme to cover more Nigerians. The SGF pointed out that the government place high priority on the health sector in Nigeria, adding that health is a social service that every responsible Government must provide to its citizens and that NHIS as a noble creation for the attainment of universal health coverage to all Nigerians. He commended the Executive Secretary for his focus and determination to reposition the Scheme by ridding it of corruption, being responsive to the enrollees and extending health coverage to more Nigerians particularly the poor. He also urged him to hold all stakeholders accountable in improving the quality of healthcare services in hospitals and promised his support in making the NHIS work better for all Nigerians and that he will do his best in getting all Federal Government Agencies to subscribe to the Scheme. Meanwhile the NHIS Management also visited the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, for a courtesy visit to its management to assess services rendered to NHIS enrollees.

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