NHIS: HMCAN vows to contest Yusuf’s reinstatement, appointment in court

Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf

Stakeholders in the health insurance sector, led by the Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN), have vowed to contest the recent reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Usman Yusuf, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
  
HMCAN is the umbrella body of all the Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) in Nigeria.
  
Yusuf was suspended by a panel set up by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), which indicted him of N919 million fraud and recommended that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) probe the agency for diversion of funds and contravention of the Procurement Act.
 
President of HMCAN, Dr. Tunde Ladele, told journalists yesterday: “We will contest it in court. You do not expect us to keep quite. We are already in court contesting some of the irrational decisions he took before he was suspended.

“We are also contesting his appointment, because he is not technically sound to run the NHIS.
  
“Since his appointment, no single live (enrollee) has being added to the scheme. The NHIS stalled.”
  
Ladele, however, said there is hope for health insurance and that everything will get normal again, adding that HMCAN was constantly meeting with other stakeholders to chart the path forward for the scheme.

“We are considering meeting face-to-face with Mr. President and writing an open letter to him, if we cannot have audience with him.”
  
“HMCAN notes the assurances of government that investigations of allegations are ongoing.

Whilst noting the gravity of the allegations, HMCAN is mindful of the dictum that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.”

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