Towards universal health insurance, the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children is committed to providing education to the community so that citizens can understand the importance of having insurance rather than waiting until they become ill.
This was stated today by Prof. Mabula Mchembe, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health during the second day of the national scientific conference on non-communicable diseases in the city.
Prof. Mchembe said currently health services from the level of clinics to national hospitals health services in infrastructure, equipment and medical equipment have been improved so having universal health insurance will help get better care.
“The government through the Ministry of Health is currently providing free health services to children under five, the elderly and those with cancer in medical, pharmaceutical and other services, so we need to further improve our health facilities, facilities and staff to to be able to provide better services ”.
However, the Secretary-General has urged those with NHIF health insurance to make it a habit to pay a small monthly payment so that by the end of the year they will have completed it and thus will help avoid further bankruptcy payments when the card expires.
In terms of non-communicable diseases, he said that the ministry and all its institutions are involved in preventing and preventing non-communicable diseases, so he urged the public to be vigilant on food as well as to stop the arbitrary use of drugs.
“Some people use arbitrary drugs that have expired or not prescribed by experts, make sure we use quality medicines as each drug has its side effects so the drugs should be used according to the intended goals. We as a ministry will use our experts to educate the public on the proper use of drugs.
The Director of Medical Services of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Dr. David Mwenesano said the Fund is committed to reaching out to all citizens in their groups where they are so they have a variety of health insurance for employees of the formal and informal sectors as well as individual citizens.
He said they now have a variety of packages depending on the condition of the people and each package donor receives all services including treatment and medicine. invest or fulfill as donation rates are very cheap ”.
Meanwhile the Director of the medical department from the ministry of health Dr. Grace Maghembe has said that the issue of people not exercising or not engaging in physical activity is one of the growing problem of non-communicable diseases.
He urged the people to change their lifestyle by not eating carbohydrate foods by eating as much as they could because it is a cause of fat that goes to the heart and causes heart problems and high blood pressure. “Let’s go back to eating our natural foods including fruits and vegetables.
However, he advised the public to develop the habit of going for a check-up at least twice a year as many patients go to care centers when the disease becomes another stage that is becoming more difficult to treat.