By Chukwudi Nwauba
Awka, May 20, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala says the state will partner with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to accredit General Hospitals in the state.
Dr Okpala said this when the State Coordinator, NHIS led her team to pay him a visit at his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
He assured them that his ministry would enter into the partnership in order to ensure that the state General Hospitals received all the requirements needed for the accreditation.
The commissioner commended the team for the roles they play in saving lives of Nigerians through the NHIS.
According to him, Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration does not joke with the things that concern health in the state, that is the reason we are doing well with our Health Insurance; Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme (ASHIA).
“It is a welcome development that more General Hospitals in the state will be fully accredited under the NHIS for the benefits of our people,’’ Dr Okpala said.
State Coordinator National Health Insurance, Mrs Chinyere Aniebo said that the visit was to seek for the collaboration of the commissioner in getting General Hospitals in the state accredited under NHIS.
“We have discussed with him to see how General hospitals will be accredited because on their own they couldn’t take that decision, so that is why we are here.
“What I did was to show the merits of the accreditation to the commissioner and he was happy about it.
“You know we have Federal Civil Servants in the state already on NHIS platform, they enrolled because they needed hospitals they can access care from,’’ Mrs Aniebo explained.
According to her, there are only a few Private hospitals, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University Teaching Hospital, Onitsha General Hospital, Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital that are accredited under NHIS.
“We found out that the majority of the enrollees go to these hospitals, so they have overload of work to do.
“If we get more General hospitals to accredit the enrollees. They can choose them and they will receive better care because the number will not be overwhelming for the hospitals to handle,’’ she said.
Mrs Aniebo expressed joy when the commissioner granted their requests regarding the accreditation of General Hospitals; very soon most of these General hospitals will be accredited to the benefits of Ndi Anambra.
In attendance during the visit include Permanent Secretary, Mr Linus Nwankwo, State Hospital Administrator, Dr Richmond Achugbu and Director Medical Services, Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu.
Others are Mr Chimezie Ezennabike and Mr Chukwuemeka Nwafor, team members from the NHIS. (MOI) 3C/TON