The National Agency for the Control of AIDS seeks to deepen its ties with the National Health Insurance Scheme in order to integrate HIV/AIDS services into the health insurance scheme.
The move towards the actualisation of the programme was made known at a Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on Integrating Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Services into Health Insurance, held on Thursday in Abuja.
The meeting sought to discuss the concept of health insurance inclusive of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services.
Speaking at the meeting, the DG NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said it was really important for patients to be able to assess treatment and that the agency was looking at an array of interventions that could help improve on HIV/AIDS services in the country. He further noted that at the moment, 75 per cent of HIV/AIDS response is funded by international donors, while 25 per cent is funded by the Federal government. And to this, he said, NACA needs to take ownership, hence the desire to incorporate the services into the NHIS.
Aliyu stated further that it was very important that we make HIV/AIDS treatment as simple as possible for patients to access and maintain treatment for life.
“The coordination between NACA and NHIS will seek to enable people who already pay into the NHIS to also access testing and treatment services at a very low or no cost,” he said.
In his own remarks, the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Dr. Usman Yusuf, said he remained passionate about the collaboration to ensure that HIV/AIDS services are incorporated into the insurance scheme.
He noted that every Nigerian deserves quality healthcare delivery; and that HIV/AIDS services is a key aspect of the health sector that needs to be tackled via all available means and resources.
It was gathered at the meeting that recent developments in the cost of non-generic ARVs has seen prices crashing. This has led to a reduction in the perceived fear of high risk associated with HIV/AIDS and the cost of ARVs and this projects the incorporation of HIV/AIDS services into the NHIS achievable.
The meeting had other relevant stakeholders from the civil society organisations and the health sector in attendance.
The focus was on health insurance, being one of the viable financing mechanisms that should be adopted by states to meet the 90-90-90 targets for HIV/AIDS.
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