Acting executive director of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Mr. Femi Akingbade has said that the scheme would be extended to about 45 million Nigerians next year.
Akingbage gave this assurance yesterday in Abuja at a media interactive session with journalists.
In an address to journalists, the new NHIS boss said that another 45 million Nigerians, including women and children under the age of five, would enjoy the National Health Insurance Scheme package under his administration.
He said that the health scheme was also planning to include family members as entity and also students of tertiary institutions into the health scheme.
“What are the roles of those who want to come in as family and they are not employed by either the federal government or the state, and they are not in any organised private sector company? So we are looking at that to make it inclusive as family members to also join instead of taking it individually whereby the father pays and mother pays for the children.”
The executive director also promised that by next year the agency would focus on the National Mobile Health Insurance Programme which would serve as a game changer for enrolling more people into the NHIS.
He said, “The National Mobile Health Insurance Programme is being repackaged because there were some flaws in conceiving the programme, which is supposed to be a novel programme and a game changer because we were trying to leverage on the tele-density in the country.
“Close to 100 million people claim to carry mobile network devices and one of the things we wanted to leverage on and since these people must have had undergone registration and their data and biometrics captured, it would have been a shorter call for us to leverage on existing data base that is being maintained by Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC; and this must have given us a leap into enrolling people into the NHIS.”

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