Head of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof Mohammed Sambo says the national enrollees and state supported health insurance schemes would merge to ensure a central coordinating system.
Sambo says the idea would make health players contribute quality decisions towards achieving universal health coverage.
The NHIS boss revealed this at a strategic retreat in Abuja of his organization, NHIS and other key stakeholders.
Sambo says NHIS is currently operating on a 2004 law that has been amended to reflect NHIS as a commission that would establish a mandate based on compulsory health insurance for all.
Sambo also says a public hearing is scheduled for next week on the bill which is already at the second reading.
Masks Do Reduce Spread Of Flu And Some Coronaviruses, Study Finds
Researchers who studied the effect of surgical masks on the transmission of other corona and flu viruses have said face masks could help limit the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.
In a study published in the journal, nature medicine, the researchers said the use of surgical masks by sufferers significantly reduced the number of flu viruses detectable in droplets released through breathing and coughing. It also reduced the number of seasonal coronaviruses.
But, the scientists said further research is needed to determine whether masks can specifically prevent the transmission of SARS-COV-2.
Until now, there has been little robust scientific evidence on the effectiveness of face masks in slowing transmission of respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization says masks should be worn by anyone with symptoms such as cough or fever, or anyone caring for a confirmed or suspected covid-19 case, but does not advise healthy people to wear them in everyday situations.
Covid-19 pandemic, has infected more than a million persons worldwide and killed more than 53,000.
HRW Accuses Burundi Of Blocking Aid To Covid-19 Quarantine Sites
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Burundi authorities of blocking humanitarian aid to persons in covid-19 quarantine sites across the country.
HRW’s central Africa director, Lewis Mudge, warned against what he calls, the country’s usual denial and deflection approach to crisis management.
He said, the government needs to be transparent and work with international partners, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and to give full access to humanitarian groups to help combat the pandemic.
HRW said, the government had only revealed one quarantine site to the world health organization, alleging that many others, with unsanitary conditions, were holding travelers who had recently arrived in the country.
Meanwhile, the united nations food agency has negotiated a humanitarian corridor to keep food aid flowing in southern Africa after many countries shut their borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
World Food Programme director for southern Africa Lola Castro, said South Africa had agreed to let vessels carrying food aid land on its shores and move it to countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana and Namibia, which face food shortages.
Africa has registered at least sixty-seven hundred cases of coronavirus and more than two hundred forty deaths.
UN Warns Thousands Of DRC Children In Danger Of Dying From Epidemics
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are susceptible to dying from epidemics other than coronavirus. The fund says the situation would likely worsen because of diversion of prevention resources to the fight against covid-19.
UNICEF says many preventable killer diseases have threatened DRC children. Nearly eighteen thousand children, younger than five, are reported to have died from the world’s worst measles outbreak and malaria. Thousands of children are also reported to have been sickened by cholera.
The report’s author, Simon Ingram, also says more than three million children in the D.R.C. are exposed to epidemics because they are not getting the health care they need. He also says nine million children in the country need humanitarian assistance.
The report calls on the government to allocate more funding for children’s health care services to benefit newborn and young children.
D.R. Congo has reported 98 coronavirus cases and eight deaths.
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