Less than 5% of Nigerians covered by NHIS– Official

Health Minister Prof Adewole

The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) , Malam Attahiru Ibrahim, on Thursday said less than five per cent of Nigerians had been covered by the scheme.

Ibrahim said this in Abeokuta, Ogun, at a one-day sensitisation workshop for uniformed officers and men in Ogun.

The workshop has as its theme: “Enrollee Satisfaction: A Pathway To Universal Health Coverage’’.

The Acting Executive Secretary was represented by the South-West Zonal Coordinator of the scheme, Mr Adelaja Abereora, at the occasion.

Attahiru said he had been disturbed by the fact that the scheme had only captured “a small number of Nigerians” who are public servants at the federal, state and local government levels.

According to him, the scheme is being operated with only the contributions from employers listed above.

He urged the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to prevail on its members to remit their employees’ contributions to the scheme.

“Basically for now, we are covering public servants working in federal establishments and that is quite limited.

“ But what we have also done in recent time is to encourage the state governments to establish their own agencies that will cover their staff both at the state and local government levels.

“Again, when you add together all those working in federal, state and local government parastatal agencies, that is still a small percentage of the entire population,’’ he said.

Attahiru said the NHIS had other programmes that could take care of other segments of the population.

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