Institute of Health Service Administrators summon FG to allocate 15% annual budget to the health sector established on the AU agreement

The National President of the Institute of Health Service Administrators of Nigeria, Mrs RoseMary Archibong Esq, (middle) with the Keynote Speaker, Prof Shima Gyoh (left), and the BOT Chairman of the Institute, Bashorun Doja Adewolu MFR (right) at the National Conference/Workshop of the Institute, in Markurdi, Benue State.

The Institute of Health Service Administrators (IHSAN) has called on the federal government to fasten strictly to the 2021 African Union Member States agreement by allocating 15% of its annual budget to the health sector.

The National President of the Institute, Pst. Rosemary Archibong, Esq, who spoke with journalists in Calabar at the weekend after a triumphant professional development workshop for Health Service Administrators from across the nation held in Markurdi, Benue State, said the health sector should be adequate attention because it galvanizes human capital, fights poverty and enables productivity among the workforce. The 3-day Professional Development Workshop had as its theme, Modernizing Health Care for Better Care, Better Health and Lower Costs.”

Pst. Archibong, who is the 1st female national president, said the Institute is elated by the appointment of Dr. (Mrs.) Salma Ibrahim Anas as Special Adviser, Health and expressed satisfaction at the proactive beginning of the president and his wise choices in appointments made so far. IHSAN, while wishing him a successful tenure of office.

Congratulating Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his assumption of office as the 16th President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Institute, in a communique signed by its National President, Pastor (Mrs.) Rosemary Archibong, Esq (FHAN), and National Secretary, Mr. Harrison H. Etim, FHAN, further called on the federal government to prioritize health-care and education funding by adhering to the 15% budget allocation as agreed by African Heads of State in Abuja and promote equity in professional assortment among health workers as well as expand the scope of National Health Insurance Authority to cover all citizens of the country.

The Institute called for “implementation with close monitoring and evaluation of the basic health care provision fund, ensure close monitoring of the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) especially in immediate and bulk payment of capitation and fee for service claims as well as ensure that the National Health Insurance Authority works on review of the amount paid as capitation to a health-care provider.”

According to the Institute, it is high time the “federal government ensured regular training for health-care managers to encourage digital bio-metrics membership registration, ensure implementation of Health Trust Fund policy; improved infrastructures and logistics in Health Institutions and promote the appropriate use of digital technologies in health-care management as well as create an enabling environment for the private sector to participate in health-care delivery.”

IHSAN expressed the belief that the federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, will adopt and implement the recommendations of the Institute.

Edited by Damilola Adeleke

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