48 Tertiary health institutions has been provided with insurance cover by Federal Ministry of Health in order to protect the facilities and diagnostic equipment for optimal health care delivery services.
Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Joseph Amedu made this known yesterday in Abija at a sensitisation workshop, organised by the ministry, in conjunction with the Consortium of Insurance Companies and Brokers on implementation of assets insurance of parastatals under the ministry.
Dr Amedu recalled that the federal government had over the years, invested huge amounts of money for building facilities, procurement of diagnostic equipment, vehicles and other essential commodities in 74 tertiary health facilities under the ministry, adding that the ministry set up an Asset Insurance Scheme in 2011 to ensure that these investments in the health sector were protected against natural disasters and total loss.
According to him, the government appointed a number of underwriters to manage the scheme with Niger Insurance Plc as a Lead Underwriter, even as a survey of the assets of the 74 tertiary health facilities under the ministry was conducted by the insurance companies and brokers.
He said that President Buhari had approved the payment of premium for the insurance of critical assets of parastatals under the ministry, stressing that the presidential approval was effected by Federal Ministry of Finance.
“The policy is effective from December 7, 2018, to December 6, 2019, and covers buildings and other critical equipment from fire, flood and other natural disasters,” he said.
Mr Jonah Nedanmanya, Head Northern Operations, Niger Insurance Plc, disclosed that in December 2018, Niger Insurance took up a policy for fire and burglary and theft for the asset of the health institutions under the ministry.