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By NATION REPORTER

THE newly formed 14-member board of the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) should work diligently to help the country to achieve Universal Health Coverage, Minister of Health  Chitalu Chilufya has said.

Dr Chilufya appointed the NHIMA board which is chaired by Fredson Yamba, Secretary to the Treasury from the Ministry of Finance and deputized by Kingsley Chanda, Zambia Revenue Authority Director General.

Speaking when he announced the board, Dr Chilufya implored the members to ensure that the ambitious goal of Universal Health Coverage was achieved by guaranteeing that health insurance coverage was increased from the current 4% to 100%.

Dr Chilufya said that investment in health was key to economic development, and that health care financing was an essential pillar on which a nation’s health system stood.

With the introduction of compulsory National Health Insurance, no Zambian will have to suffer in accessing health care, Dr Chilufya said.

Dr Chilufya said a 1% contributory rate has been agreed to be paid by all employers and employees into the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Yamba, assured of the board’s commitment to enhancing access to health services for all. This is according to a statement issued to the Daily Nation by Ministry of Health Head of Communications & External Relations Stanslous Ngosa.

Other board members include Accountant General Dr. Dick Sichembe Chella, Ms. Comfort Mulenga from Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Kakulubelwa Mulalelo Permanent Secretary – Administration in the Ministry of Health, Ms. Pamela Kabamba Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Ulaya Musonda from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

The other members are Churches Health Association of Zambia Executive Director Karen Sichinga, Chipango Muteto from PTA Reinsurance, Exhildah Lumbwe from Prima Re, Mr. Newman Bubala from the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions, Mr. Ernest Mande of Zambia Federation of Employers and officers from the Public Service Management Division and Private Sector Trade Unions.

The NHIMA Board, appointed by the Minister of Health is as stipulated in the National Health Insurance Act No. 2 of 2018, assented to by President Lungu in April 2018.

 

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