The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has called for investigation into the mismanagement of health insurance funds by the previous leadership of the National Health Insurance Scheme.
While receiving the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer/Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, in Lagos, the President, TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, also canvassed improved welfare of workers under the new management.
According to him, the mismanaged insurance funds were used to build primary health centres, which were supposed to be built by the local government.
He pledged to support the present administrators of health insurance scheme to ensure proper care of employees at workplaces.
Kaigama said the union would give the scheme the right support as long as it kept to the promise of effectively and properly caring for Nigerians, including the workers.
?In the times past, many Nigerians and workers have lamented a lack of care by the NHIS, which even led the union and the scheme to go to court, but we hope this new partnerships should be able to address the challenges,? he said.
Kaigama added, ?Workers who are seniors were demoted by bringing newly recruited workers to head them in office, which should not be; we therefore urge as a union that you should do proper investigation and make necessary ratification where needed. If these are not put in place, there is no doubt we will pull back our promises of support.
?TUC will not forget to remind the scheme of the N90m which was taken over by Health Maintenance Organisations. It should be visited and investigated so as to return it to the union.?
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the TUC office, Yusuf pledged to make the scheme more enjoyable to the users than before.
He promised to be transparent and accountable in the management of the scheme, saying that there were plans for improvement.
He said, ?The money we are in charge of is that of workers, and to be used for the health of workers. It is very important that we are able to account and tell Nigerian workers that we are good custodians of their resources.?
?We have spoken and met with several health providers: doctors; nurses; pharmacists; laboratory scientists; and many other professional unions in order for us to be able to be a good custodian of their resources.?