By Kemi Yesufu
The Executive-Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme( NHIS), Professor Mohammed Sambo and the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim on Tuesday signed an Memorandum of Understanding on providing health insurance coverage for members of the NYSC.
Speaking to the media after the brief ceremony, the NHIS Executive-Secretary stated that the signing of the MoU was in furtherance of the plan by the Federal Government to significantly widen access to health insurance.
He expressed optimism that providing health insurance coverage for serving NYSC members would go a long way in improving their welfare.
“We are working with the presidential mandate of leaving no one behind when it comes to health insurance. Today, we have taken a big step to ensure that corps members are integrated into the NHIS. Their integration will expand the ratio of the coverage of the NHIS and it will provide easy access to corps members for health services”, Sambo said.
Also speaking with the press, the NYSC Director-General described Tuesday’s event as the culmination of years of planning and designing a document that would serve the template for providing health insurance for corps members.
He said: “The signing of the MoU today is in line with the presidential directive that corps members be enrolled in the NHIS. This goes to show that the welfare of corps members is top priority to the Federal Government.
“We, the management of the NYSC and corps members are here today to thank the Federal Government, especially President Muhammadu Buhari for his uncommon love for his people.
“Like I always say, to whom much is given much is expected, the corps members are going to render services to our people. They are doing so well in our hospitals, schools and many other establishments. Today’s event will inspire them to do more”.