The 4th Quarterly Gateway Forum organised by NASHIA/NAPHDA/ SMOH and Supported by Local Health Systems Sustainability (LHSS) was held on Tuesday 28th November 2023.
As part of effort for Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency to ensure that every resident in the state have access to quality affordable health care service delivery, the Executive Secretary NASHIA, Dr. Yahaya Bawa Ubam stated that the aim of the forum is to address challenges in the implementation of the BHCPF programme in order to enhance the effectiveness of the scheme.
Dr. Ubam represented by the Director Planning, Research, Statistics and ICT, Dr. Simon Eric Istifanus presented update of the agency's report of the previous records of the good number of beneficiaries who access health care in the state for the BHCPF programme, scores performance and challenges encountered in some facilities.
He further mentioned that adequate arrangement has been put in place for those facilities not adapting to meeting up with required standard of the agency as partnership with them for provision of services to NASHIA beneficiaries may be likely withdrawn.
Dr. Simon said that any of the facilities that perform below 6O per cent of the requirements of quality assessment assurance reported would not be paid for Capition, adding that the review forum will also strengthen the process to ensure facilities are providing quality services.
Some of the participants observed that one of the challenges the need to be tackled by the agency is that they should increase and encourage referral cases.
Speaking further, participants mentioned some key points to encourage health care providers to improve for better health care service delivery.
In his good well message DCFHS, Dr. Madawa Abasalow applauded the two agencies for the quality of health services being provided to our beneficiaries in all accredited facilities.
He promised to maintain the standard of quality affordable health care service delivery in the state.
He cautioned the agency to key into whatever policies that come from the government, "we should work towards it to achieve our goals," he stated.
He stressed the need to continue to sensitize and create awareness for the residents in the state to know more about the importance of the scheme.
DCFHS observed that with the commitment, focus and also collaboration with Non- Governmental Organisations and regular partners, "we are better off than where we were."
The next steps and resolution agreed in the forum include: establish and strengthen the DRF Committee in NAPHDA, as well as
pool out resolution from this meeting that requires SOC attention and modalities to mobilize resources to conduct Q3 2023 QOC assessment will be looked into.