ALL the 30 mini hospitals government is constructing which are earmarked for commissioning this year will be accredited, the National Health Insurance Management Agency (NHIMA) has disclosed.
The process of accrediting the 30 hospitals is expected to begin this month.
NHIMA Director-General Charles Kapesa disclosed this to Zanis in Lusaka.
Mr Kapesa said that mini hospitals are expected to bridge the gap in provision and access to quality health care services.
“It has emerged that a lot of members are leaving away from district hospitals, and what the mini hospitals are doing is getting health services closer and closer to the communities,” he said.
The accrediting of the 30 mini hospitals is a milestone in that it will ensure that NHIMA services are progressively and consistently reaching the community and increase the number of Zambians accessing health care.
The agency will soon announce the accrediting of private hospitals to enable more Zambians to access and benefit from the national health insurance scheme.
Since its inception on October 1, 2019, NHIMA has captured over 950, 000 members of the targeted 3.4 million people.
Its healthcare services can only be accessed from about 141 government hospitals and health centres across the country.