Yamba heads health insurance authority board
By Staff Reporter
Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has announced the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) board to oversee the governance of the authority.
In a statement, Ministry of Health Public Relations Officer Stanslous Ngosa, Dr Chilufya implored the board to work diligently to ensure that the ambitious goal of Universal Health Coverage was achieved by guaranteeing that health insurance coverage is increased from the current 4% to 100%.
Chilufya said the appointments was in accordance with the National Health Insurance Act No. 2 of 2018, accepted to by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia in April 2018.
“The 14-member board will be chaired by Fredson Yamba, Secretary to the Treasury from the Ministry of Finance and deputised by Kingsley Chanda, the Zambia Revenue Authority Director General,” he said.
Chitalu stated that investment in health was key to economic development, and that Health Care Financing is an essential pillar on which a nation’s health system stands.
He stated that with the introduction of compulsory National Health Insurance, no Zambians will have to suffer financial hardships in accessing health care.
Dr Chilufya announced that a 1% contributory rate has been agreed to be paid by all employers and employees into the National Health Insurance Scheme.
He stated that this rate would enable the contributors and their registered beneficiaries to access health services without having to pay out of pocket at the point of accessing care.
He stated that the board will immediately begin to work closely with the NHI implementation team and realise the vision of government in the health sector.
Yamba assured the board’s commitment and dedication in ensuring that the goals of enhancing access to health services for all without suffering financial hardship was achieved.
Board members include the Accountant General Dick Sichembe Chella, Comfort Mulenga from Attorney General Office, Kakulubelwa Mulalelo Permanent Secretary – Administration in the Ministry of Health, Pamela Kabamba Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Ulaya Musonda from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
Others are Churches Health Association of Zambia Executive Director Karen Sichinga, Chipango Muteto from PTA Reinsurance, Exhildah Lumbwe from Prima Re, Newman Bubala from the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions, Ernest Mande, Zambia Federation of Employers and officers from the Permanent Service Management Division and National Union of Public and Private Educators of Zambia.