The federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has prepared a plan to provide free healthcare services for 83 million vulnerable Nigerians.
This was disclosed by the General manager, National Health lnsurance Authority (NHlA), Ilorin Zone, Mr. Adelaja Abereoran, during an interview.
According to him, the federal government’s decision followed the realisation that most vulnerable Nigerians lack the wherewithal to access the health services they needed.
Abereoran statement reads; “There is a plan by the federal government in the new reviewed Act of the National Health lnsurance Authority (NHlA) to provide free medical treatment to over 83 million vulnerable Nigerians to alleviate their sufferings,” Abereoro said.
He called on the state governments to complement the efforts of the federal government by establishing health insurance agencies to enable more people access quality healthcare services across the states.
He said Nigeria cannot achieve a comprehensive healthcare delivery without the support of the States and other stakeholders in the health sector.
Abereoro called on states and federal lawmakers to include health insurance scheme in their constituency projects to cater for their constituents’ health needs.
He noted that the services of the Authority have been updated in consonance with global best practices, stating that the scheme now cover general medical check-up.