By Oluwole Francis
Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan,The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), has urged all Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) to providing Civil Servants with quality and affordable healthcare services to reduce the morbidity rate experience in recent times.
Yemi-Esan made the call during a-day interactive Session with HMOs on Monday in Abuja, according to a statement issued by Mr Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Information, office of the HOCSF.
Represented by Alhaji Mahmud Kambari, Permanent Secretary of Service Welfare Office, Yemi-Esan affirmed that health of civil servants would no longer be taken for granted, as they die on a daily basis from ailments that are preventable and curable.
“ I call on the HMOs to partner with the Civil Service on regular medical check-ups, as well as provide quality medications and comprehensive medical health care to them.
“ I sought to know the fate of the retirees under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the number of Civil Servants benefitting monthly from the NHIS,” he said.
According to her, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), is the regulatory body that ensure HMOs are visible and accessible to Civil Servants who are their enrollees, as many of them do not know their HMOs.
“We needs to empower the HMOs with more roles other than mere reporting, and insisting that with this roles they will be able to deal with the issues of the enrollees on their own without much reliance on the NHIA,” she said.
On her part, Dr Comfort Adeosun, the Director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, office of the HOCSF, who highlighted on the theme of the Interactive Session as “Promoting a Healthy and Productive Workforce,” said that there was need to work in synergy with HMOs for quality healthcare to all Civil Servants.
The event witnessed three presentations from the NHIA representative, Dr. Kapoona Eteng ,Kemi Lawson and Dr. Gideon Anumba representative of Leadway Insurance Company Limited.
Also, Dr Kapoona Eteng, who spoke on the “Roles and Responsibilities of HMOs to enrollees, disclosed that under the 2022 Act of the NHIA, the roles of the HMOs are to provide private health insurance on complementary supplementary basis.
“They are to function as third party in the administration of healthcare; perform administrative functions. “