The Association of Nigerian Health Journalists in Nigeria (ANHEJ) has requested innovative approaches to meet Nigerians’ healthcare demands while expressing worry over the poor state of primary healthcare services in the country. The group stated that those in rural communities lack access to quality healthcare services.
The demand was made through a communique issued at the end of its 6th Annual Conference in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
The association made the disclosure in a statement jointly signed by Hassan Zaggi, the President of ANHEJ, and Nike Adebowale, the General Secretary.
The resolution was founded on the idea that Universal Health Coverage, or UHC, is essential to ensuring that all inhabitants have access to fair and equitable health services.
” No single model is appropriate for all nations because each country has unique characteristics that could be approached distinctly.
We are advising governments at all levels to create distinctive and unique UHC models to meet Nigerian’s medical requirements”.
Zaggi speaking on the theme of the conference, added that “Health Security, UHC & NHIA: How Can Nigeria get it right, the Role of the Media in Perspective,” said health writers are gathered to examine the current issues in the health sector.
“Colleagues, our annual conferences allow us to reflect and take a critical look at the nagging issues in the health sector.
We must put our brains to task in these few days to come up with workable suggestions for the government and stakeholders to consider.”
He also mentioned that “To eliminate the out-of-pocket payment that makes access to quality and affordable, healthcare services inequitable, especially amongst the indigent and vulnerable groups, the government must take the health of our people seriously, because it is only a healthy society that can be productive.
“Lawmakers at both the federal, state and local government levels must also ensure that they enact the relevant laws that will support and improve the attainment of UHC through health insurance.
“The Nigerian Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and other relevant government agencies can make the necessary changes for the benefit of all Nigerians, by acting as the watchdog in the health sector. The NHIA and other relevant government agencies have pledged to closely monitor the implementation of the various health insurance packages and expose their flaws.”
” To boost the number of people who are enrolled in the health insurance program, ANHEJ is further committed to improving sensitization and awareness creation about the need for health insurance among political leaders, wealthy people, states, and local governments.” The president stressed.
ANHEJ further reaffirmed its dedication to collaborating harmoniously with all parties involved in the health sector to guarantee full implementation of the adolescent health policies strategies towards the provision of sexual and reproductive health services to young people in Nigeria.