On Tuesday, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding requiring corps members to enroll in health insurance.
The NYSC and the National Health Insurance Scheme inked the agreement in Abuja.
During their service year, corps members will receive free medical care in recognized healthcare NYSC
NYSC Director-General Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said he was pleased to see the signing of the MoU during his remarks at the occasion.
Ibrahim noted that the procedure that led to the signing of the MoU began last year, and that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated that all corps members be covered by the NHIS program before the agreement was signed.
He went on to say that the Scheme was already working with a number of stakeholders, including the NCDC, to test corps members for COVD-19 before they were admitted to the orientation camps.
Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo, the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, said the NYSC and NHIS had collaborated diligently through a collaborative technical team to build a design for the essential budgetary arrangements.
We decided to sign an MOU so that the responsibilities of the two agencies will be clearly spelt out in order to have a hitch-free implementation”, the Executive Secretary said.
He lauded the Federal Government for putting the welfare of NYSC members first, noting that providing free medical treatment to the corpers will encourage them to do better service to the country.
We call on the corps members to reciprocate this gesture and rededicate themselves to national service. NHIS is growing, as different associations are signifying interest in the Scheme,” he said.
Although the statute that established the NHIS did not make enrollment required, Sambo stated that work was still being done to provide a clear roadmap for universal healthcare that would be mandatory for all Nigerians.
He went on to say that the NHIS and state health insurance agencies were working on a new program called “Health Insurance Under One Roof,” in which each health insurance agency would ensure that all Nigerians had access to adequate free medical treatment.