It came in as a breaking news;
“NHIS Boss Sacked, New Boss appointed”. This news flash flooded our timelines in the past week.
The Punch News puts it this way:
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved
the termination of appointment of the
Current Executive Secretary,
Prof. Usman Yusuf who has been
on administrative leave and
has approved the appointment of
Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo
as the new Executive Secretary.
This new appointment was announced following a statement released by the Federal Ministry of Health from the Office of the Director of Press and Public Relations.
The short and direct statement, as is usually the style of governmental bodies, makes it clear that the change in leadership of the NHIS follows a recommendation in a report by the Independent Fact Finding Panel on the leadership of the Health agency.
“Similarly, the President also
approved the dissolution of
the Governing Board of NHIS
and directed the Permanent Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Health to exercise
full powers of the Council
pending the constitution of a new Board.
The National Health Insurance Scheme is Nigeria’s body responsible for coordinating health insurance access to millions of Nigerians.
However, the NHIS have been enmeshed in controversy and leadership tussle. The Health Maintenance Organizations had a running argument with the former NHIS Boss, Prof Yusuf.
Industry watchers seem to have so much faith in Prof Sambo to lead the NHIS to a better place. This faith have got to begin to yield fruits soonest as many Nigerians keep suffering from the heavy burden of out-of-pocket payment for healthcare services.
Already the NHIS do not cover some disease conditions that clinicians say it is steadily on the increase. Cancer and it’s complications is not covered by the insurance scheme.
Prof Mohammed Sambo definitely have a lot on his table to attend to.
However, many believe that his pedigree, exposure and qualifications makes the New Boss distinctly prepared for the job of providing accessible insurance cover for more Nigerian.
MEET THE NEW NHIS BOSS…
Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo
MBBS, MIAD, FWACP, Cert (WBI)
Born in Zaria Kaduna state in 1968.
A Public Health Physician
A Professor of Health Policy and Management with bias in Health Care Financing
An alumnus of Word Bank Institute on Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing.
Current Provost, College of Medicine, Kaduna State University.
Former Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, ABU Zaria
Former Head, Department of Community Medicine ABU Zaria
Former Assistant Director/Zonal Coordinator, North West Zone, National Primary Health Care Development Agency
First, Zonal Coordinator, NHIS, South West Zone, Lagos
Former Assistant General manager/ Head HMO division NHIS corporate headquaters, Abuja
Former, Head of Community Based Social Health Insurance Programme, NHIS corporate Headquaters Abuja.
Member, Ministerial Technical Working Group that developed National Health Policy
Member, Ministerial Technical Working Group that developed National Health Care Financing Policy
Member, Ministerial Technical Working Group that developed Public Private Partnership Policy on Health
Member, Ministerial Technical Working Group that developed National Health Strategic Development Plan
Consultant, National Strategic Framework Development Committee, NACA
Consultant, Blueprint for Accelarating PHC Implementation in Nigeria, NPHCDA.
Resource Person, Health Sector Reform Agenda, Ministerial Committee FMOH
Lead Resource Person National Council on Health (NCH)
Consultant, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, DFID, British Council, GTZ
Examiner, West African College of Physicians
Former Head of Quality Assurance, Faculty of Community Health, West African College of Physicians
Member, Accreditation Team of West African College of Physicians
Member, NUC Panel for Accreditation of Centre of Excellence, University of Benin
Chairman, Visitation Panel to College of Nursing, Kafancha.
Member, Governinv Board, Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna.
Visiting Scholar, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Supervised, 14 Fellowships, 35 Masters degrees in Public Health and Field Epidemiology, 1 PHD.
Best candidate, Final Fellowship Exams, West African College of Physicians April 2003.
Receipient, Vice Chancellor’s Award, Ahmadu Bello Univerty Zaria
Graduated with MBBS from University of Jos 1993
Obtained Fellowship of West African College of Physicians 2003
Master of International Affairs and Diplomacy, ABU Zaria, 2004
Published over 70 articles in reputable Peer review Journals, nationally and internationally.
Happily married with children.