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Nigeria: NigComSat Collaborates with NHIS for Health Insurance Scheme

Adaugo Nwankpa
Adaugo Nwankpa

The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) is partnering with Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to redesign the health insurance processes in Africa’s most populous nation. The new partnership will focus on inserting a digital footprint into the operations of NHIS to service more Nigerians.

This new partnership is in line with NigComSat’s policy framework, part of which includes that NigComSat will provide service infrastructure that will enable the Nigerian government to provide digital services through robust satellite links in order to drive the digital economy in the rural and underserved areas.

NigComSat Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria

According to the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030), NigComSat will provide the backbone to support efforts that will accelerate the penetration of affordable and quality broadband internet in rural communities in Nigeria.

In furtherance of its objectives, NigComSat has the responsibility to provide satellite internet broadband services through the installation of 3000 VSAT remotes in rural areas towards building a digital economy for the country.

NHIS’s objective of providing universal access to good quality and affordable healthcare services to citizens and residents in Nigeria as well as to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), will benefit from this digital inclusion for executing its mandate.

Nigeria In Focus:

Population - 206.6 million (Compared to South Africa's 59.6 million)

GDP: $504.57 billion (Compared to South Africa's $369.85 billion)

GDP Per Capita: $2,465 (Compared to South Africa's $6,193)

Digital inclusion

Adaugo Nwankpa

Statistical and Economics Analyst with a focus on social development.