An employee of a construction company in Lagos, Mrs. Yetunde Igbayiloye, had her first delivery through an insurance cover obtained under the National Health Insurance Scheme provided by her employer.
The pleasant experience of using the cover gave her the confidence to try the scheme for her next delivery; so she and her husband never bordered to set money aside for any unexpected emergency.
Nigeria has been ranked 16th in the world following its decline in its crude death rate from 12.46 in 2016 to 12.16 in 2017.
This figure places Nigeria at 2.38% lower than its 12.77% in 2015. A figure that is close to Lesotho and Estonia as compared to Bulgaria which is at the top of the ranking with a crude death rate of 15.17% according World Data Atlas).
The House of Representatives has commenced consideration of a bill to provide free ante-natal care to all pregnant women and stipends for mothers of triplets and other multiple births.
The bill initiated by Dr. Tony Nwoye representing Anambra East/West Federal Constituency also aims to address discrimination against pregnant women in the working place with sanctions stipulated against an employer who discriminates against a woman on account of her pregnancy.
President Muhammadu Buhari has decried the poor performance of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, which was introduced by the Obasanjo administration to assist Nigerian workers and their families have access to quality healthcare.
The President spoke when he flagged-off the Primary Health Care revitalization programme in Kuchingoro, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory.
Prof. Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), says there is no record of the real number of people covered by the scheme in Nigeria.
Yusuf made the assertion on Saturday in Uyo at a one-day legislative retreat on immunisation, health financing and the National Health Act organised for House of Representatives Committees on Health Services.