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Armed forces to reform medical health system

The 10th Defence Health Maintenance Limited Year 2022 Stakeholders meeting. Photo: Chukwuma Agbanusi

The Armed Forces of Nigeria is set to reform its Medical Health System for both serving and retired personnel as well as the civilian populace.

The Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashiru Magashi (retired) made this known in a message at the 10th Defence Health Maintenance Limited Year 2022 Stakeholders meeting with Military Health Care Providers in Abuja.

General Magashi, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Dr Ibrahim Kana said the minister received approval from the President to reform the entire Health system of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The Chief of Defense Staff, represented by the Chief of Defense Administration, Rear Admiral Mohammad Nagena said: “he was not satisfied with the report he got saying that this is the only country that we have, and as such, they must carry out their duties effectively.”

He continued: “They were here to tell themselves the truth, if not by the time they leave the service, a lot will be exposed.”

Earlier, the Head of the Department of Administration and Human Resource, Defence Health Maintenance Limited (DHML), Navy Commander, Johnson Alabi (retired), said prior to the deployment of the DHML Insurance Health Maintenance System, serving military personnel were exempted from registering while it was made compulsory for the military retirees.

“This is against the principles of the health maintenance operations,” He said.

Commander Alabi noted that “After 16 years of operating without properly enrolled serving personnel, and with the deployment of the DHML IHMS, it is now for all serving military personnel and their eligible family members to be properly captured as DHML health insurance enrollees”.

According to him, the procedures for this have already been communicated to the headquarters of the various services.

The Theme of this Year’s Stakeholders Meeting is “Towards a more Dynamic Health Insurance for the Armed Forces of Nigeria”.

Reporting by Chukwuma Agbanusi; Editing by Fany Olumoye, Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor