The Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Nasir Sambo, has revealed that the institution recovered N5bn funds missing from the scheme adding that the NHIS had capacity to recover more missing funds.
This was disclosed while delivering a presentation entitled ‘Emerging post-COVID – 19 economic challenges in the health sector and management strategies’ during the 16th annual scientific conference of the Healthcare Providers’ Association of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.
Sambo explained that efforts are being made to recover more missing funds.
He said, “Other things we have done in the health insurance is our ability to track and recover the funds of the NHIS.
“When I got to the health insurance scheme, billions of naira was missing for no just viable reasons.
“And we have been moving from pillar to post, to the Accountant-General’s office, to the EFCC, and what we have done so far, we have been able to recover N5bn from the money and it has come to the coffers of the NHIS.
“And we have prospects to recover billions in this year and next year’s budgets.
“And once we are getting this money, I am assuring you the landscape of the NHIS will change completely.”
Quoting the statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics in 2019, he said more than 82.9 million were revealed to be living in poverty.
He added that the World Bank also predicted that 92.6 million Nigerians would be living in poverty by 2022.
He said, “Poverty limits access to healthcare and ill-health worsens poverty.
“Nigeria is battling with rising cases of NCDs and infectious diseases – malaria, meningitis, lassa fever and now COVID-19.”
Sambo said Nigeria was committed in achieving universal health coverage by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals despite the prediction.