President Muhammadu Buhari signs National Health Authority Bill into law.
Written by News Room on May 20, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law.
Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement, on Thursday, said the bill repeals “the National Health Insurance Scheme Act, Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.
According to President Buhari, a Fund will be set up to ensure coverage of eighty-three million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premiums as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission.
President Buhari also noted that the Authority will liaise with state government Health Insurance Schemes to accredit primary and secondary health facilities and enroll Nigerians into the scheme.
He said that it was part of moves to ensure the delivery of quality health care, even as the Act also enables the Authority and state governments to develop information management systems and digital records to enhance data collection, monitoring, and quality assurance.