By Ndidi Chukwu
The Senate Committee on Health has commended Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) submission during a public hearing on health insurance.
The commendation was made by Chairman of the committee, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, on Wednesday during the Public Hearing on ‘a Bill for an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act and to enact the National Health Insurance Commission.’
“This is an exceptional and best contribution we have received today coming from the CHR, we desire to see more stakeholders who can make this kind of recommendations to help us improve on what we are doing, we the senate are committed to this kind of collaboration,” Senator Tejuosho said.
The CHR’s submissions emphasized the need for a strong representation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and health professional bodies to deepen transparency, accountability and oversight function.
It also recommended that 50 per cent Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the National Health Act should be made available to the NHIS.
The CHR also recommended for a Bill to earmarked taxes such as Alcohol, Tobacco, and Aviation Taxes as a source of funding for health insurance.
Our correspondent report that the submission was presented by CHR Program Officer, Diana Edema-Sillo, following a formal written invitation by the Senate Committee on Health to the CHR.