The Nigerian government has approved the inclusion of members of the National Youth Service Corps in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)
On Wednesday, the country’s highest decision making body, the Federal Executive Council announced that corps members – as they are called, are mandated to be enrolled in the scheme.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, told journalists after the FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja that Acting President, Femi Osinbajo has approved the decision,
He said, “The other memorandum has to do with how we will prevent unnecessary death among youth corps members across the country.
“The council approved the memo that henceforth, we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country.
“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.”
Two corps members Ifedolapo Oladepo and Ukeme Asuquo, recently died at the Kano and Zamfara orientation camps.
Ifedolapo died after she took ill at the Kano camp. Her family decried the poor facilities at the camp’s clinic and said she could have survived if she was properly taken care of.
Ukeme also died after he took ill at the Zamfara camp. His colleagues complained of the poor medical attention he got at the camp.
The Punch reports that Adewole said the council also approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between his ministry and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on the procurement and distribution of contraceptives across the country.
“The Federal Government has the policy of free distribution of contraceptives and services across the country.
“We have renewed the MoU today (Wednesday) to last for the next four years between 2017 and 2021. We will also continue to provide effective safe voluntary contraceptive services across the country,” he said.
The minister also used the occasion to declare the end of the meningitis outbreak in the country.