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Healthcare: NHIS, NYSC ink MoU for Corps members’ insurance cover

*The agreement will ensure that National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members are properly integrated into the scheme for them to be able to access healthcare during their service year in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of efforts to enabling the youths to properly access healthcare during the National Service year, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give serving Corps members health insurance cover during service.

Prof. Mohammed Sambo, Executive Secretary of NHIS, and Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General of NYSC, signed the MOU Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in Abuja, FCT.

Executive Secretary of NHIS said that the agreement would ensure that Corps members are properly integrated into the scheme for them to be able to access healthcare during their service year, agency report said.

Sambo stated: “We are working on the presidential mandate on leaving no one behind in the health insurance scheme.

“So, today, it is big step to ensure that corps members are integrated into the scheme, this will expand coverage ratio of the scheme and also access to health facilities for corps members,’’ Sambo said.

For the purpose of continuity, the Corps members after their service year, will enroll on what is called kinship programme, said the NHIS Chief.

According to him, Corps members would migrate from the NYSC insurance to kinship where a token is paid, and when they are employed, they would join the formal sector programme.

The Director-General of NYSC said that the MoU with NHIS was in line with presidential directive that Corps members should be enrolled in the scheme in Nigeria.

Brig-Gen. Ibrahim noted such a directive showed that the government is concerned about the health of Corps members in the country.

Such a gesture will encourage the Corps members to carry out their service properly, he said.

Ibrahim added that the MoU would address the financial burden of the members in terms of health.

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