Nigeria to include Corps members in health insurance

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Nigerian youths serving in the one-year National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, are to be included in the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole stated this at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinabjo.

Access to health care
He said that the decision to include youth corps members in the scheme was to prevent “unnecessary deaths” among them during their service year.

“This will guarantee access to quality care across the country, prevent unnecessary deaths and also ensure that our youth corps members receive the highest attainable level of care across the country,” Adewole said.

Nigeria renews MOU with UNFPA
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health also said that the cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, for the procurement and distribution of contraceptive commodities and services.

“The Nigerian government has a policy of free distribution of contraceptive commodities and services across the country,” Professor Adewole said the MOU would “last for next four years, 2017 to 2020.”

He said Nigeria would continue to provide effective safe voluntary contraceptive services across the country.

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