The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health for Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on the inclusion of Corps Members in the NHIS programme.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this when he led a delegation of the management to the Headquarters of NHIS in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Director General said that partnership with NHIS will cushion the health needs of the Corps members in their respective states of service.
According to him, the signing of the MoU is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that all Corps members must be enrolled in the NHIS programme.
He explained that NYSC is already in partnership with several stakeholders, including the NCDC whereby all Corps members are tested for COVD-19 before admittance to the orientation camps, alongside other camp officials.
The Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo while acknowledging the visit said every Nigerian should be included in the healthcare delivery of the Federal Government.
He added that the NYSC and NHIS had worked assiduously through a joint technical team towards the development of a blueprint for the necessary financial provisions.
“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 stated.
He also commended the Federal Government for increasing Corps members’ allowances, adding that the provision of a free medicare will spur them into higher level of service delivery to their fatherland.