By Franca Ofili, Abuja.
Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) has advocated for proper strategies to address the health needs of Nigerians.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the association’s Sixth Annual Conference, which was signed by its President, Mr Hassan Zaggi and its General Secretary, Mrs Nike Adebowale.
The conference had “Universal Health Insurance (UHC) and National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA): How Can Nigeria Get It Right? The Role of the Media in Perspective” as its theme.
The association called on that government to design unique and peculiar UHC models to address the health needs of Nigerians.
According to it, UHC is vital to ensuring that citizens access equal and equitable health services.
The association promised to ensure that members monitored closely the implementation of the various health insurance packages, while exposing their weaknesses.
This, it said, would enable relevant health agencies to ensure proper discharge of their responsibilities.
The association promised to focus more on public sensitisation and awareness creation on the importance of health insurance to the citizens.
It reiterated its commitment to working with stakeholders in the health sector to ensure full implementation of the adolescent health policies, toward the provision of sexual and reproductive health services to young people.
The association also said that it would deliberate on the burning issues in the health sector and assess the activities of individual members.
It added that it would interface with development partners on ways of improving Nigeria’s health sector and strengthen the already existing relationship.