NHIS Accredits NNPC Health Maintenance Organisation

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has accredited the Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for healthcare services delivery to Nigerians across the country.

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This was according to NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, who made the revelation in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Ughamadu said, “The accreditation which granted the National Oil Company the authority to establish and operate a functional HMO comes as a forerunner to the enviable plan by the corporation to activate a first rate medical delivery system across the country with potential to halt the ugly trend of medical tourism by Nigerians to other jurisdictions.”

The Managing Director of the NNPC HMO, Dr. Musa Ribadu, who received the certificate of accreditation at the NHIS Headquarters in Abuja, said the Corporation was ready to improve the scheme and offer real-time value to prospective beneficiaries.

According to Ribadu, “the NNPC HMO Limited is poised to be the most preferred HMO in Nigeria and a role model that NHIS will be proud of because of its unique healthcare offerings.

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“We are confident that our entry into the market will increase the national coverage statistics by at least one to two digits.

“We have better knowledge of the Oil and Gas Sector that can attract active participation within this sector for the scheme,” he said.

Ribadu further said that the initiative to invest in this venture was part of NNPC’s plans to diversify its revenue base and contribute to the corporation’s bottom line.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Dr Muhammed Sambo expressed confidence in the capacity of NNPC to fully utilise the opportunity offered by the NHIS accreditation to operate an efficient HMO that would deliver the much-desired first-rate services to its clientele.

“I am not unaware that NNPC is one of the most organised organisations in Nigeria and since they are well organised we have no doubt in our minds that NNPC will do whatever it takes to uphold the virtues and tenets of health insurance in Nigeria,’’ said Sambo.

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