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FHIS celebrates 2019 Universal Health Coverage Day

16th Dec, 2019 | By Jimoh Olalekan and Faustina Inalegwu | ||

The Federal Capital Territory Health insurance Scheme has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the Universal Health Coverage day (UHC) as set aside by the United Nations, every December 12th to remind nations across the globe on the need to provide for their citizens, quality and affordable health care services with this year's theme "keep the promise".

Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Scheme (FHIS) in collaboration with local and international partners observed the day with an advocacy walk calling on residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the scheme. The advocacy walk which took place from FHIS Office, Central Area through Area 10 and terminated at FCTA Secretariat, Area 11, Garki was led by the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, HHSS, Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem, FHIS Director, Dr. Ahmed Danfulani and others.

Speaking with Abuja Digest Weekly during the advocacy walk, The Director FHIS, Dr. Ahmed Danfulani thanked the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the Hon. Minister of State FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu for their support to FHIS in ensuring speedy attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in FCT even sooner than the targeted 2030 and this is why the FCT Administration does not delay the payment of counterpart fund of Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) because FCT is among the 6 pilot states to be beneficiaries of the funds.

Danfulani stated that the aim is to ensure that the universal health coverage is achieved in the country especially in the FCT where everybody everywhere can have access to basic healthcare in good quantity, quality without facing any financial hardship. The promises we are supposed to keep as political leaders is to ensure that there is adequate allocation for healthcare, there must be adequate policies to guide healthcare services, there must be corrective activity by all the healthcare providers to ensure that we offer quality health services and most importantly all of us must come together to achieve universal health coverage by the year 2030."

He further explained that Universal health coverage required that nobody must be left behind, as everybody must be carried along adding that they should not suffer any financial hardship, with adequate quality health care facilities within the shortest distance in all the communities, and people should not travel for a long distance to be able to access healthcare services. Others he said are adequate release of funds, adequate provision of law and order and adequate human resources "without all this we cannot achieve the universal health coverage."

The Director appreciated the Federal Government of Nigeria for signing the National Health Insurance act of 2014 into law that gave birth to the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) which is the beginning of the opportunity for the rural people, the poor and the vulnerable to enjoy quality healthcare services. "We want to thank the Federal Ministry of Health for doing their best to ensure that this is a success."

The Director, Clinical and Diagnostic Services, HHSS who was also the former Director of FHIS, Dr. Evans Onyekele, said that formerly the department was having issues with the Area Councils keying into the programme but now things have changed as they have keyed into the programme which will make it easy to reach the masses in the rural areas for the aim of the Universal Health Coverage to be achieved.

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The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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