- FG has lamented the saddening state of health system across the country
- Health minister, Isaac Adewole, said measures are being put in place to solve this challenge
- Adewole also said only Nigerians battling cancer, kidney problem, and cardiac issue will be allowed for medical tourism
The minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that only 4% of Nigeria's total population is covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Legit.ng gathers that Adewole made the disclosure while lamenting the poor state of the country's health system.
He, however, added that all measures have been put in place by the federal government to arrest the sad situation by encouraging government of the states and the FCT to set up their health insurance scheme, Vanguard reports.
He said: “Part of the challenges we face is the near collapse of the healthcare system. But one of the unique things this government has done is to put money in the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, BHCPF.
“Fifty per cent of the money will flow to NHIS to take care of medical expenses of our people so that they will not have to pay out of their pocket for treatment.
"We will also use this measure to grow NHIS enrollment. As of today, only four per cent of Nigerians is covered by the scheme.
"We are encouraging the states and the FCT to set up their own health insurance systems. No state will benefit from the BHCPF if they don’t have functional health insurance and contributory scheme.”
On federal government's plans to restrict medical tourism, Adewole said Nigerians battling cancer, kidney problem, and cardiac issue will only be permitted to travel for treatment abroad.
According to him, government is making effort to tackle cancer through the provision of modern facilities.
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He said: “We’re focusing on three main reasons Nigerians go out of the country for medical treatment. They are cancer, kidney problems, and cardiac issues.
“We’re investing in cancer now so that we can develop the capacity. At the National Hospital, we have two cancer treatment machines. Any moment from now the second machine will start working. The two machines will be able to treat 200 persons daily. We’re also supporting Sokoto, Enugu, and Edo. We will do this all over the country.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, April 8, said the federal government had made the National Health Insurance Scheme central to its plans for the healthcare system in the country.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the vice president communicated this while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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