NYSC signs MoU to enroll corps members in health insurance programme
The National Youth Service Corps, or NYSC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday requiring corps members to enrol in health insurance.
The NYSC and the National Health Insurance Scheme inked the agreement in Abuja.
During their service year, corps members will be eligible for free medical care at recognized healthcare facilities.
NYSC Director-General Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim said he was pleased to see the signing of the MoU during his remarks at the occasion.
Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo, the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, said the NYSC and NHIS had collaborated diligently through a collaborative technical team to build a design for the essential budgetary arrangements.
The Executive Secretary explained, “We chose to sign an MOU so that the obligations of the two agencies are clearly spelt out in order to have a hitch-free implementation.”
He praised the Federal Government for putting the welfare of NYSC members first, noting that providing free medical treatment to the corpers will encourage them to do better service to the country.
“We urge corps members to return the favour and renew their commitment to national service. “The NHIS is expanding, as various associations have expressed interest in the Scheme,” he stated.
Although the statute that established the NHIS did not make enrollment required, Sambo noted that efforts were still being made to provide a clear roadmap towards universal healthcare that would be mandatory for all Nigerians.
He went on to say that the NHIS and state health insurance agencies were working on a new program called “Health Insurance Under One Roof,” in which each health insurance agency would ensure that all Nigerians had access to adequate free medical treatment.
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