The Federal Authorities has formally flagged off the enrolment of Corps Members into the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme.
The Minister for Youth and Sports activities Improvement, Mr Sunday Dare, on the official flag-off at this time in Abuja, mentioned the enrolment demonstrated the Authorities’s dedication to the well being care wants of younger Nigerians.
He mentioned Corps Members throughout the nation in giant numbers performed crucial roles in nationwide improvement; therefore, they might not be ignored.
“To this finish, no quantity of assets will likely be an excessive amount of to be put at their disposal as Corps Members and as patriotic Nigerians”, Dare mentioned.
The Minister mentioned the NHIS was launched in 2005, and Nigerians within the non-public and public sectors of the economic system have benefitted from the initiative.
He added that the gesture of enrolling Corps Members in NHIS was in appreciation of the invaluable contributions of the NYSC Scheme to the unity and improvement of the nation.
“Additionally it is a transparent testimony of presidency’s need to enhance the lives of youths who’re the hope of a affluent and united Nigeria”, the Minister mentioned.
He urged Corps Members to be extra patriotic to supply better providers to the nation.
Dare additionally counseled the fantastic achievements of the NYSC Scheme aimed toward higher service supply.
“A number of of your programmes have been tailor-made in direction of higher service supply.
Particularly, l want to laud the big contributions of Corps Members to efficient healthcare supply in Nigeria.
They’ve been a part of the driving drive in rendering rural well being providers the place they’ve made a major influence and in addition in HIRD and your patriotic contributions within the wake of COVID-19 pandemic”, Dare mentioned.
He specifically counseled the main roles of Corps Members within the manufacturing and distribution of non-pharmaceuticals supplies to Nigerians on the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He urged them to maintain up the great work, attempt and justify the boldness reposed in them by the Nigerian folks.
The Minister promised that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement would proceed to assist the noble initiatives introduced ahead for the general success of the NYSC Scheme.
NYSC Director-Common, Main Common Shuaibu Ibrahim mentioned the official flag-off was a landmark achievement and a watershed within the annals of the Nationwide Youth Service Corps.
He mentioned a strong and sustainable well being care system for Corps Members had at all times been of paramount significance to successive Managements of the Scheme, including that their enrolment could be an enormous morale booster for them.
“Immediately’s occasion is the fruits of the Presidential directive issued in 2016, which arose because of the unlucky deaths of three Corps Members deployed to Kano, Zamfara and Bayelsa States Orientation Camps.
The lack of any Corps Member, because it have been, provokes disappointment in us, leaving the Scheme extremely diminished.
Corps Members, who characterize probably the most crucial a part of our demography-the youths, are the leaders and builders of tomorrow.
Consequently, any authorities coverage aimed toward uplifting this group is akin to constructing the way forward for our expensive nation, Nigeria”, he mentioned.
Common Ibrahim added that “it’s fulfilling that the enrolment of Corps Members into the Well being Insurance coverage Scheme is consistent with the coverage thrust” of his administration bordering on the development of welfare and safety of Corps Members and Workers.
“This well being initiative, often known as NYSC Group Particular person Household Social Well being Insurance coverage Programme, (GIFSHIP) has been designed as a holistic medical insurance scheme, overlaying the intervals of Pre-Orientation, that’s, as quickly as a Potential Corps Member picks up Name-up Letter, which is the instrument that qualifies him/her for admittance into Nationwide Service, till the tip of his/her terminal go away, which is three weeks after disengagement from Service”, the DG mentioned.
Common Ibrahim said additional that for efficient implementation of the Scheme, six Well being Upkeep Organizations (HMOs) had been rigorously chosen after a aggressive course of for every of the six geo-political zones to drive the method.
He mentioned with a view to guarantee a seamless association devoid of encumbrances; Corps Members have been anticipated to register underneath Well being Care Practitioners of their localities, whereas he appealed to each the HMOs and Well being Care Suppliers to “method this insurance coverage scheme with the best diploma of accountability and integrity.”
The Director-Common added that NYSC Administration would depart no stone unturned with a view to be sure that all who’ve roles to play within the initiative carry them out with patriotic zeal in order to satisfy the expectations of the Authorities.
He added that the Scheme had designed a mechanism for strict monitoring of the HMOs in live performance with the NHIS Workplace to protect towards service failure.
“We are going to be sure that the operations of the well being scheme are in line with the philosophy behind the initiation of this excellent medical insurance scheme by the Authorities.
I wish to guarantee you that the NYSC and NHIS Administration may even not relent in offering the required supervision and enabling atmosphere whereas additionally monitoring and guaranteeing seamless operations of the well being scheme.
Having come this far, we won’t hesitate to take acceptable decisive actions towards any particular person or establishment each time there are any noticeable infractions and gaps within the implementation of this initiative”, Ibrahim warned.
The DG enjoined all Corps Members nationwide to avail themselves of the distinctive alternative offered by the NHIS to entry qualitative well being care for free of charge, whereas he additionally enjoined them to reciprocate the gesture by being conscientious within the discharge of their duties to their fatherland.
Main Common Shuaibu Ibrahim, throughout the programme, reiterated his name for the institution of the NYSC Belief Fund, which has handed the second studying on the Nationwide Meeting.
He mentioned the Fund, when established, would scale back dependence on the Authorities for funding the Scheme, in addition to present jobs for tens of millions of Nigerian youths by way of the availability of start-up capitals to Corps Members on the finish of the Talent Acquisition and Entrepreneurship coaching they went by way of throughout the service yr. The Fund would drastically curb youth restiveness in addition to different types of criminality within the nation, in response to the DG.
The Government Secretary of the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme, Professor Mohammed Nasir Gambo, mentioned that the company was saddled with the execution of the Presidential mandate of accomplishing common well being protection for all Nigerians consistent with the declaration of sustainable improvement objectives.
He mentioned that the NHIS/NYSC initiative was in the proper course due to its important contribution to the wellbeing of Corps Members nationwide.
“It’s worthy to notice that funding within the welfare and wellbeing of younger folks is likely one of the most important issues that we are able to do as a accountable nation.
It’s our patriotic responsibility as people and organisations to make sure that we make schooling, employment and high quality healthcare obtainable, accessible and reasonably priced”, he mentioned.
Professor Sambo appealed to Well being Upkeep Organisations and Healthcare Suppliers to work throughout the operational pointers of the NHIS and in addition be sure that no Corps Member is left unattended to.
The Minister for Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, was represented by the Director, Public Well being within the Ministry, Dr Alex-Okoh MO.
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