BY Beauty John, LAFIA
No fever than fifty five thousand and five hundred (55,500) persons have been enrolled in the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Scheme.
The Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency (NASHIA), Dr Gaza D Gwamna, disclosed this on Thursday at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting with the media, held at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lafia.
According to Gwamna, the scheme which was established in 2018 but commenced in 2019 is aimed at making affordable health care services accessible to residents of the state, thereby, protecting families from financial hardship resulting from huge medical bills.
He explained that the scheme was designed to cover the formal sector, which comprises of public and civil servants from both local and state level.
The informal sector, comprising of persons with irregular source of income, such as traders, entrepreneurs are also to benefit from the scheme.
He added that there is also a special package for students, people with disabilities among others.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Pharm. Ahmed Yahaya reiterated the commitment of the Abdullahi A Sule led-administration to ensure quality, affordable and easily accessible health care at the finger tips of the masses, which he said is a fundamental human right.
The commissioner, while stating that the government has put in place, necessary measures to ensure the absolute execution of the scheme, called on all stakeholders to key into the vision of the government, to aid the smooth sail of the project.
Dr Hassan Ikrama, the Chief Medical Director, Dalhatu Araf Specilaist Hospital Lafia, remarked that the state health insurance scheme is the single most important health project governor Abdullahi A Sule has done so far.
Saddened by the inability of the poor to afford proper health care services, despite being subsidized by the government, Dr Ikrama said the novel project will go a long way in making health care accessible for all residents in the state.