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NHIS donates COVID-19 PPEs to EFCC



The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Professor Mohammed Nasir Sambo, has reiterated the agency’s commitment to supporting the sustained efforts of the Federal Government in the protection of Nigerians from the debilitating scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He made this assertion while handing over a consignment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Umar Abba Mohammed at the Headquarter Complex of the anti-graft agency, in Abuja.

He commended the strategies and initiatives being deployed by the nation through the Federal Ministry of Health, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to protect lives and livelihood of all residents of the country.

Sambo however expressed concern for institutions and personnel providing essential services, whose nature of work pre-disposes them to high risk of infection, stressing that no effort must be spared to ensure their protection in the line of duty.

This, he stressed was an action aimed at ensuring prompt response of the NHIS to requests from the PTF on COVID-19 for assistance in the provision of personal protection equipment for officers of strategic agencies such as the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the EFCC.

The NHIS boss also noted that the Scheme had recently extended similar gesture to personnel of healthcare providers through the government of some states in the country with high burden of COVID -19.

He further disclosed that this was intended to protect frontline health workers from possible infection while they provide services to health seekers, and to also stem the reported abandonment of duty posts by some health workers for fear of infection by the dreaded virus.

The varsity don said the seriousness attached to curbing the spread of the virus informed the Scheme’s constitution of a Standing Committee on COVID -19, charged with designing of internal strategies and enforce overall protocol and guidelines issued by relevant authorities against the disease.

The Executive Secretary however expressed the gratitude of NHIS to the Commission, for its continued assistance in the recovery and return of trapped funds of the Scheme, which he said has been timely, as the Scheme is currently on an aggressive drive for expansion of coverage towards attainment of universal health coverage in the country.

Also speaking, the National Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu expressed concern that the pandemic has inflicted untold hardship on social, economic and even security situations in the country, and called for sustenance of the push against the virus.

According to him, “the best vaccine against the virus for now is wear a mask, wash your hands, use hand sanitiser and observe social distancing. I commend the management of EFCC for the impressive observance of prevention protocols noticeable on their premises and personnel.”

In his remarks, the EFCC boss, Mr. Umar Abba Mohammed, expressed the agency’s appreciation to the PTF for midwifing the huge supply of PPE from NHIS, adding that it will go a long way in ensuring the protection of the agency’s staff in the line of duty.

He therefore promised to ensure that distribution is made to the fourteen zonal formations of EFCC nationwide.

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