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97% of Nigerians lack health coverage

97% of Nigerians lack health coverage
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International Universal Health Coverage Day was proclaimed on December 12, 2017.

On December 12, 2012 the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution (A/RES/67/81) that encourages all countries to speed up progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The resolution also agreed to the inclusion of UHC in the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda relating to global health challenges, considering Whole-of-Government (WOG) and Whole-of-Society (WOS) approaches. Subsequently, on December 12, 2017, proclamation of December 12 as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution (A/RES/72/138) was made by the United Nations.

UHC partners share UHC stories since December 2017, for the purpose of learning from achievements and raising awareness for bigger and smarter investments so as to build stronger and resilient systems. This move will also raise partners to be committed towards moving the world closer to UHC vision. Universal Health Coverage has been a vital goal for the sustainable development agenda as it has been highlighted in all global health mechanisms – the work programs of the World Health Organization inclusive.

UHC ensures everyone access to health services without financial hardship.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) ensures accessibility of all to required health services, when and where needed, with no financial hardship whatsoever. This accessibility entails inclusion of total range of essential health services – health promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care through the life course. Proper delivery of these services depends on the adequacy and competency of health and care workers who possess optimal skills at facility, outreach and community level; they should also be workers who are distributed equitably with adequate support and fans of decent work.

The strategies of UHC provide everyone access to services that tackle major causes of diseases and death, ensuring better quality of those services for improvement of the health of those who receive them. Also, protection of people from financial detriments of paying for health services from their pockets leads to a reduction of poverty risks amongst people due to the fact that unexpected illnesses could make them squander their life savings and sell assets which could affect their lives and their children’s.

Nigerians without formal employment lack health insurance.

In 2018, Nigeria was regarded the third highest country with a record of the highest out-of-pocket health spending. It was discovered that 97 percent of the population of Nigeria is not covered by any form of health insurance, while 3 percent of the population who benefit from health insurance are under the provision of employee health coverage. However, 56.7 percent of those who have health insurance are men, while 43.3 percent of them are women.

Resultantly, Nigerians without formal employment therefore lack access to affordable healthcare. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has, likewise, been unable to help Nigerians who are not in employment cycle despite the introduction of various health insurance programs. In total, the coverage rate of other introduced programs was below one percent of Nigerians who are covered by health insurance. As a result of the inaccessibility, the alternative to health insurance becomes out-of-pocket spending on health.

Health insurance for all Nigerians should be optimized.

Considering the undeniable benefit of health insurance, there arises a need for the optimization of health insurance for every Nigerian especially for the likes of artisans who are not into formal employment. Enactment of the sub-national health insurance scheme will provide extensive coverage of eligible people, particularly for people in rural communities. It was also emphasized that to improve health insurance coverage, the government should create cost reduction policies that focus on the improvement of the benefit of participation.


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5 months ago

97% of Nigerians lack health coverage – International Universal Health Coverage Day was proclaimed on December 12, 2017. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
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5 months ago

This is a very valid statement. We have a very low health care system. It is so difficult for us to take care of our health. We need to ensure health care system is easily accessible for the common man.

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10
5 months ago

Our health system is very poor. Due to that reason so many Nigerians lack health coverage. This country really need to improve in so many aspects

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9
5 months ago

To improve health insurance coverage in the country, the government should create cost reduction policies that focus on the improvement of the benefit of participation.

Member
9
5 months ago

Our health system need to be improved and standard so we can take care of our health every body should be easily have access to health care. A lot of thing need to be done in this country

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10
5 months ago

It is very unfortunate and sad that majority of Nigerians don’t have access to good and affordable healthcare system whereby everybody is insured and this country is blessed with what needed to do this but corruption has spoil everything.

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5 months ago

A consensus was also reached in the resolution to include universal health care in the debates on the development agenda dealing to global health concerns.

Member
8
5 months ago

UHC partners have been sharing UHC experiences to gain insight from successes and promote more and more strategic investment in order to construct more robust and resilient systems.

Member
8
5 months ago

This action will also encourage partners to become committed to bringing about the vision of universal health care in the world.

Member
9
5 months ago

In addition to this, there should be workers who are dispersed fairly and who receive sufficient support, as well as supporters of labor that is considered to be decent.

Member
8
5 months ago

People are less likely to fall into poverty when they are shielded from the adverse effects of paying for health care out of their own pockets, which protects them from financial hardship.

Member
9
5 months ago

97% Nigerians were not covered in NHIS because they can’t afford the cost. The cost of living in Nigeria is becoming more expensive and Government policies is making it tougher. It will be difficult to achieve UHC until government makes it affordable.

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9
5 months ago

Nigerians who do not have formal work do not have access to reasonably priced medical care and this means that access needs to be provided for them

Member
9
5 months ago

The government ought to formulate cost-cutting programs with a primary emphasis on the enhancement of the advantages gained through participation.

Member
9
5 months ago

Can this be achieved in Nigeria Universal health coverage for all irrespective of financial status where we have several private hospital been run by same doctors that charges exhorbitant prices but the government should try do better.

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8
5 months ago

Our medical care is of very low quality. Because of this, a significant portion of the Nigerian population does not have access to medical care. There are a great number of areas in which this country needs to make significant advancements.

Member
9
5 months ago

This country is gifted with what is necessary to do this, but corruption has spoiled everything, making it so that the vast majority of Nigerians do not have access to a good and inexpensive healthcare system whereby everybody is insured.

Member
8
5 months ago

When people don’t have to worry about how they’ll pay for health care, they’re less likely to experience financial hardship and slip into poverty.

Member
9
5 months ago

It is imperative that we upgrade and standardize our health care system so that all of us can take better care of our bodies. In our nation, there is much work to be done.

Member
8
5 months ago

With universal health coverage (UHC), everyone has access to the necessary medical care when and where they need it, without facing any financial hardship. It’s for our own good.

Member
8
5 months ago

Given the clear value of health insurance, it is necessary to maximize coverage for all Nigerians, particularly for groups like craftsmen who don’t have regular jobs.