Arrangements have been concluded for risk managers under the aegis of the Risk and Insurance Managers Society of Nigeria (RIMSON) to meet and deliberate on how to better address inherent risks in healthcare services delivery in the country.
A top official of the society, Mrs. Maria Anyamere,,who confirmed this in a statement in Lagos, said the conference with theme â€œRisk Management in the Healthcare Sector: Promoting Organisational and National Growthâ€ is billed to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State later this month.
She recalled that members of the society have held similar conferences annually in different parts of the country and issued communiquÃ© which has helped the Federal Government in designing risk prevention and control policies and programme.
Individuals and organisations have also benefited from such conferences in minimising the risks inherent in their respective affairs and operations, she added.
According to her, convinced that health is wealth, both individuals and organisations have decided to beam their searchlight in the direction of risks associated with the business of healthcare delivery.
She argued that the health sector in Nigeria needs attention because the country needs a healthy workforce and citizenry for growth and development.
â€œAchieving, maintaining and sustaining a good healthcare delivery system require proper management of the inherent risks by all the stakeholders,â€ she stressed.
Anyamere said some of the areas of focus during the programme include Risk Management for Efficient Healthcare Delivery and Impact on the National Economy and Controlling Risk in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
The others are The Role of Health Management Organisations (HMOs) in the Healthcare Delivery as well as Medical Risks Insurances: Underwriting and Claims, she said.
According to her, experts in the healthcare service delivery who have agreed to share their experience with participants in the conference include the World Health Organisation (WHO) State Coordinator in Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Bassey Enya Bassey; the Director of Pharmacy, Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Edet Eniang; the Managing Director of Expatcare Health International Limited, Dr. Bimbo Banjoko; and the Chief Executive Officer of Mansard Health Limited, Mr. Babatope Adeniyi.
She said participants in the programme would include Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, officials of Non-governmental organisations, Community Development Officers and Health Management (HMOs) Officers.
Others are Risk Managers, Insurance Managers, Insurance Brokers, Loss Adjusters, Underwriting Managers and Human Resources Managers.
Also eligible to attend are Directors of Federal and State Ministries of Health and Local Government Chairmen, manufacturers, importers and dealers in drugs, hospitals equipment and pharmaceutical products; Officers in charge of hospitals and clinics in oil and gas, construction, banking, shipping and aviation industries.