Ishaku Flags Off Contributory Health Insurance Scheme In Taraba

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV


Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has launched the contributory social Health Insurance Scheme of the state and asked residents to register to have free access to medical treatment.

At an event held on Thursday in Jalingo, the governor stated that the cost and affordability of healthcare delivery were the most important consideration in the provision of access to services.

He explained that the launch would prepare the people for the commencement of enrolment into the scheme.

The governor disclosed that a study tour of an African country fuelled his passion for the scheme where residents only pay a token to enjoy a wide range of health facilities.

“Having gone to Rwanda and seen what it is doing, I was highly impressed and I had to every day sit with all my team to be able to go over what we were able to see every day in Rwanda. Rwanda had a bitter war, but they are the best in terms of healthcare delivery in Africa.

“Imagine it, if someone who comes from a war and beat you that did not go to war to number one, then it means something is wrong with us back here at home,” he said.

Governor Ishaku declared that the scheme has his approval to initiate action that would lead to the immediate commencement of enrolment of all residents into the scheme.

He described the development as most desirable in order to achieve universal health coverage in the state, reduce maternal mortality rate, and infant mortality rate.

The Governor insisted that his administration has invested tremendously in the health sector and was willing to do more to improve the wellbeing of the residents.

He noted that the government upgraded notably general hospitals in the three senatorial zones of the state and would take-off fully with solar power and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines.

“Our upgrading of secondary healthcare facilities in the state was not carried out at the expense of the primary healthcare services as about 97 out of the 168 primary healthcare clinic have been upgraded in the 168 wards of the state.

“Efforts are still on to ensure that every ward in the state has at least one standard primary healthcare clinic that will provide quality health care delivery services to the people,” Governor Ishaku state.

He added, “Government is, however, not oblivious of the fact that mere proximity of healthcare facilities does not necessarily provide automatic access to the healthcare delivery services, particularly as it affects the poor and the vulnerable.”

Buhari Directs Enrolment Of NYSC Members Into Health Insurance Scheme

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File photo of a group of NYSC members.


President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure the enrolment of corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

This was disclosed on Monday by the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim during a briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The NYSC DG also assured that the NYSC has expanded resources for the critical health needs of corp members.

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“Furthermore, we have concluded arrangements with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the national insurance scheme in line with a presidential directive.

“We have also expanded huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing of medical bills,” the NYSC DG said.

The NYSC DG had earlier mobilised 66,000 eligible graduates to participate in the 2020 Batch B service year.

The prospective corps members and course officials are also mandated to undergo the COVID-19 test before admission into the orientation camps set to reopen on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Aviation Unions Shut NCAA Over Poor Implementation Of Health Insurance Scheme


Aviation unions have shut the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over poor implementation of Health Insurance Scheme and a negotiated staff organogram.

The unions say the conditions of service, as well as the Health Insurance Scheme for staff, have been badly implemented.

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The action follows a one-week ultimatum given by the unions last week.

They also claim that the organogram makes no room for those who have spent over 25 years to move to positions of Assistant General Managers and Deputy General Managers.

Channels Television gathered that the senior officials of the unions are currently in a closed-door meeting while the protest is ongoing.

Amosun Launches Health Insurance Scheme In Ogun

Araya Scale Up, Ibikunle Adekunle, Ogun StateGovernor Ibikunle Amosun has flagged off a new health insurance scheme in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The community based health insurance scheme tagged “Araya Scale Up” is meant to provide affordable healthcare service delivery to residents of the state

The launching took place on Monday at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Governor Amosun reiterated the commitment of his administration towards providing the much needed political will to sustain the programme.

Leading the distribution of the card for the scheme, the Governor said that the programme remains free for pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly.

However, he explained that other categories of beneficiaries were expected to pay a token of 4,000 Naira to enjoy a full package of the insurance scheme for one year.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, also urged the beneficiaries to maximise the benefits of the programme.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Femi Akingbade, who represented the Minister of Health, commended the bold initiative by the state government.

He pledged the Federal Government’s continual support for the initiative.

Obiano To Sign Anambra Health Insurance Scheme

Willie Obiano-Anambra State-Health Insurance SchemeGovernor Willie Obiano has expressed readiness to sign the Anambra State’s Health Insurance Scheme.

The insurance scheme would ensure adequate health service delivery to the less privileged citizens and ensure that doctors received what was due to them in their life saving duties in the state.

The Governor gave a hint about the new scheme during the inauguration of the newly reconstituted 14-member board of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

He maintained that the strategic approach of his administration towards re-positioning and transforming the state’s health sector, especially the primary healthcare services and the general hospitals were yielding positive fruit.

Governor Obiano commended the outgoing board members led by Dr. Dozie Ikedife, whose tenure helped secure the institution’s accreditation that saw to the graduation of its first medical doctors.

To ensure proper service delivery to the people and due remuneration for the doctors, he announced that the state government would soon assent the Health Insurance Scheme.

In his remark, the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, explained that the inauguration was to assist in charting more progressive cause for the teaching hospital.

The board has as its chairman, a Gynaecologist and traditional ruler of Ifitedunu, Igwe Emeka Ilouno, and as its Secretary, a Professor of Anastaciology with Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Beatrice Umeh.

It has a four-year tenure which could be renewed if they are found to have performed creditably well. They have been charged by the Governor to transform Anambra State to a health tourism center and the number one health destination in Nigeria.

Igwe Ilouno, who assured the government and people of the state of their commitment to effective service, said that they would put in their best to achieve much more than the mandate given to them.

Edo NMA Issues 21-Day Ultimatum To Oshiomhole

The Edo State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has issued a 21 day ultimatum to the Edo State Government to address what it referred to as the comatose state of the health sector or else it will embark on an indefinite strike.

Chairman of the Association, Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, while addressing journalists in Benin City on Thursday, said they had drawn the attention of the governor to these issues in February 2013 and since then nothing remarkable had been observed.

The Association threatened to embark on strike if there were deductions from their salaries owing to their participation in the national NMA warning strike.

The issues the NMA expects the Edo State government to address include poor infrastructure and lack of appropriate working tools, gross shortage of manpower and the expansion of Universal Health coverage through the National Health Insurance Scheme and community based Health Insurance Scheme.

Others include stagnation in grade level due to non-release of health workers promotion since 2011, multiple taxation in private facilities in the state and the immediate implementation of the consolidated salary structure in the state.

The union also said that aside the 21 day-strike threat, it had written to the government not to deduct their salaries for participating in the national strike else they weould go on strike.

“While it is unrealistic to expect that all the issues will be addressed within 21 days, it will be content with an MOU containing a genuine road map on how these issues will be addressed,” the NMA stressed.

Another Strike Looms As Health Minister Reveals 2014 Projections

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has promised that the health sector will witness remarkable changes in 2014.

One of the targets is achieving a universal health coverage and Health Insurance Scheme for Nigerians.

Briefing journalists after the inauguration of a committee on the takeover of the Otuoke Cottage Hospital in Bayelsa State by the Federal Government, the Minister said that plans were on for the transfer of other state hospitals in the year 2014.

He commended the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, for giving room for dialogue and averting the planned industrial action.

Impending Strike 

While the minister of health has his plans for the health sector in 2014, he may also have some industrial issues to deal with.

One of them is the impending 5-day warning strike being threatened by the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals and the Joint Health Sector Unions.

These bodies want the Federal Government to implement, among other things, the ruling by the National Industrial Court which grants that some cadre of health workers be legitimately allowed to skip Consolidated Health Salary Scale 10.

This is coming on a day when the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, which is the national body of medical doctors in the country would have commenced its earlier threatened strike to enforce the implementation of its own demands.

NHIS Shuts Down Hospital

The National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, has warned health management organisations to abide by the terms of providing health services under the health insurance scheme, or risk being shut down.

The Acting General Manager, standard and quality of NHIS, Doctor Kabiru Mustapha gave the warning in Karu while handing over a suspension letter to First Hospital, located in a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.

Doctor Mustapha explained that the suspension follows an investigation and series of warnings given to the hospital as early as April this year.

He announced that the suspension takes effect from the 1st of November.

Kwara Govt. To Provide Affordable Healthcare Services With Scheme

The governor of Kwara State, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed has announced plans to provide affordable healthcare services to over sixty per cent of its population through its community health insurance scheme.

Governor Abdulfatah who spoke when he signed a memorandum of understanding between the state government and representatives of health insurance fund in Abuja disclosed that the programme will run from 2013 to 2017 in all local government areas of the state.

He also said that plans are underway for the recruitment of more medical personnel as well as the renovation of health centres across the state to address the needs in the health sector.

On his part, the chairman of health insurance fund, Mr Kees Storm said that it hopes to ensure that Kwara State dwellers access healthcare services at affordable rates.