Nigeria’s vice president and a professor of law, Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed the plan of Federal Government to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for citizens’ health improvement.
He spoke in Bauchi on Saturday during the inauguration of Bauchi state health contributory scheme in the state’s capital.
“We will expand the NHIS during our next level to ensure that the scheme covers all Nigerians,” he said.
“The modern way of easy access to health facilities is either through contributory scheme or Trust Fund, which Bauchi State has introduced both the Contributory Scheme and went ahead and equally introduced a Trust Fund.”
“Bauchi State has also diligently queued into all federal government social investment programmes.”
He further mentioned that state governments should have their own health insurance scheme to complement federal government efforts at delivering qualitative, accessible and sustainable healthcare services.
“The 14,075 youths in the state had benefited under N-Power programme while 618,214 students are being fed daily under the school feeding programme”.
“No fewer than 9,799 farmers have accessed funds under the micro credit and 29,000 traders have been assisted under the trader-moni while 23,000 vulnerable ones have been assisted under the conditional cash transfer scheme.”
“These are all under what the president’s ways of taking care of the common man.”