Following the recent release of N15 Billion naira to the National Health Insurance Scheme ( NHIS) from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund ( BHCPF) by the Federal Government, the sum of N6.5 billion naira has been disbursed to some qualifying states as first traunche.
The receiving States, including the Federal Capital Territory are those who met the eligibility criteria .
The NHIS was introduced by the Obasanjo administration to provide adequate healthcare to all Nigerians.
The idea behind the NHIS is to pool the resources of the employers of labour and the employees together into a pool that can work for all when they need healthcare services. It is like saving for the rainy day.
The amount may not be much, but the expectation is that if it is used judiciously, it would go a long way to restore confidence in the scheme.
For the sustainability of the NHIS, there should be accountability and transparency in its management. The scheme should be adequately monitored . All noticeable lapses in the administration of the scheme must be corrected.