The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has enlightened the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Damaturu, Yobe State, on the basic operations of the scheme.
The visit on Wednesday was on the invitation of the state sector commander Yelwa Dio.
During the enlightenment session, the Yobe State NHIS Coordinator Alh. Dabo I. Abdullahi stated the various objectives of the scheme.
He highlighted that the NHIS was established to ensure that every Nigerian has access to quality healthcare services.
The coordinator added that the scheme was set to protect families from the hardship of huge medical bills and improve private participation of the healthcare providers.
Dr. Salisu Hassan of the NHIS, during the presentation, said one of the critical aspects of the operations of the scheme is the benefit package.
He said prior to the advent of the present Executive Secretary, Professor Nasir Sambo, cancer patients have not been medically covered but have now been accommodated except for some exclusions on chemotraphic drugs.
Alh. Mansur Hakilu, who is also an NHIS staff, highlited the various archievements recorded so far as well as the challenges facing by the scheme.
He said the scheme has been able to implement the Basic Health Provision Fund programme.
Also in particular, the Yobe State Contributory Health Management Agency has already flagged off it’s Formal Sector Programme and Civil Servants have been accessing healthcare in the state.
He said one of the challenges of the scheme now is how to ensure the Universal Health Coverage of all Nigerians by the year 2030 as stated in the NHIS Strategic Plan 2020 to 2030.
Responding, the Corps Commandant of FRSC, Yobe State Mr.Yelwa Dio, advised staff of the organization to utilize the Social Health Insurance opportunity, especially those who have not been registered to register themselves and their families to access quality healthcare.