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Anambra partners NHIS for better primary healthcare services

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By Chukwudi Nwauba

Anambra State will continue to partner National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in primary and secondary healthcare delivery.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, stated this while receiving the state coordinator of NHIS, Chinyere Aniebo and her team, who paid him a visit at his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

This, he said, explains why Gov. Willie Obiano expedited action in the establishment of the first ever health insurance policy named Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme (ASHIA).

According to him, the state along this line intensified recalibration of rehabilitated, equipment and manpower development, general hospitals and health centres to ensure that these facilities receive full accreditation, apart from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, Onitsha General Hospital, Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi and few privates hospitals that are already accredited with NHIS.

Okpala, therefore, urged the team to reciprocate government’s commitment to efficient healthcare by continuing to support Anambra State in saving lives through NHIS.

Earlier while introducing her team, 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.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.

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