The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Well being, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, alongside members of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN), has advocated medical insurance for all Nigerians.
He famous this on the Strategic Stakeholders Assembly on Draft Nationwide Coverage on Incentivising the Well being Service Business and Healthcare Investments powered by HFN in Lagos.
Oloriegbe bemoaned that medical insurance protection stays very poor, therefore, he mentioned there was a have to make healthcare at each private and non-private hospitals accessible for all.
Whereas addressing different urgent points members of the HFN highlighted, the senator outlined, “What the federal government is doing is to enhance the working atmosphere.
“When it comes to growing salaries, it is not that it is potential to extend salaries identical to that as a result of. If you happen to say you will enhance the salaries of docs, what about nurses, pharmacies and so forth?”
“In Nigeria, the chairman continued, “our wage system is predicated on sure common guidelines that if in case you have this qualification, that is what you’ll be able to earn”.
In accordance with the senator, the one factor you are able to do is enhance the working atmosphere, “which is what we are attempting to do and pay these salaries which can be authorized to well being employees usually appropriately”.
He additionally harped on the necessity for incentives as stimulants for well being care professionals. “That’s the reason we additionally agreed right here that the non-public sector has a job to play. In the event that they set up higher they usually pay sure incentives, that can retain a few of our brains to remain right here.”
Talking additionally, the President of HFN, Dr. Pamela Ajayi, urged the federal government to finance the well being sector apart from getting non-public well being practitioners to be extra included in authorities coverage and programmes.
Her phrases: “We have now talked about sure coverage points that have to be modified together with non-public sector incentives, and sure payments that have to be handed.
“There’s a lot the non-public sector is advocating for. We cowl every part from docs to huge pharma, manufacturing pharma, specialists, retail, huge hospitals, nursing, biomedical engineering, psychiatries, veterinary.”
She, nonetheless, implored members to persevere, emphasizing that there’s a lot that must be executed.
Ajayi admitted to newsmen that so much nonetheless must occur for the non-public sector to succeed in its final aim, which is to offer reasonably priced and accessible care of fantastic high quality to Nigerians.
“We’re working with the federal government, guaranteeing regulation is there and likewise guaranteeing we obtain the best normal potential,” added the president.