Health Insurance Agency Exploring MoU with Data Protection Bureau to Secure Nigerians Health Data

Dr Vincent Olatunji and Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo.

The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), are exploring a Memorandum of Understanding to enabled both organisation to better secures health data of Nigerians.


Details of the MoU emerged during a visit of the National Commissioner of the NDPB, Dr Vincent Olatunji to the Director General of the NHIA, Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo, in line with the Data Protection and Privacy awareness drive of the NDPB in sensitising public sector organisations as well as exploring the immense potentials of data governance particularly in the health sector.

Sambo in a remark while receiving the team of the NDPB, disclosed that the new NHIA Data Center would serve as a platform for data processing on a large scale, and expressed deep optimism in the value that the NDPB brings to the table particularly in the area of public trust and confidence in their data processing activities.

Both organisations have agreed to collaborate in view of the importance of the work and mandates of both agencies.

Accordingly, a joint working committee was set up to draft a Memorandum of Understanding guide the collaboration going forward.

The NDPB was set up in February, 2002 by President Muhammad Buhaas the nation’s Data Protection Authority and to fully implement the provisions of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) issued in 2019. The NHIA, formerly NHIS was established in 2004 to provide easy access to healthcare by all Nigerians.

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