NATIONAL Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, said it had registered over 10,000 enrolees into the scheme in Nasarawa State since inception of the programme in the state in 2013.
Nasarawa State co-coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Monica Saror who revealed the figure yesterday during a stakeholders forum organised by the scheme in Akwanga local government area of the state, called on the state government and other stakeholders to embrace the scheme by enrolling its workers, so as to enable them access affordable and qualitative healthcare services.
She explained that the stakeholders forum was aimed at educating and sensitising the enrolees, the NHIS service providers as well as Health Maintenance Organisations, HMOs, on their rights so as to ensure effective service delivery for the overall development of the country.
“It is also an avenue for health service providers and other stakeholders to provide a way forward on issues affecting the health of the people so as to improve on the health status of the people because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
“The beneficiaries of this programme are the contributors, spouse and four biological children under 18 years of age and any member of the family outside the allowable six can be registered as extra dependant,” she said.
Saro commended the state service providers and others stakeholders for their support and cooperation the scheme had been enjoying in the state, and called for it sustenance.
In a remark, the zonal coordinator, North Central B zone of the scheme, Mrs. Asmau Mohammed reiterated the commitment of the management of the scheme to continue to initiate policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
She said that the scheme had three programmes which included formal, informal sector and vulnerable groups so as to take care of the health need of every Nigerians, adding that government had put in a mechanism that would facilitate the sustainability of its contributions to the scheme.
Nigerian Pilot reports that the forum brought together NHIS desk officers, health care service providers, HMOs, security agencies among other stakeholders from Nasarawa North and South zones of the state.

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