The house of Representatives committee on health care services has endorsed the inclusion of the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS in constituency projects.
The chairman of the committee, Dr Tanko Sununu, announced this when the executive secretary of the NHIS Professor Muhammad Sambo appeared before the committee for the 2022 budget defence session.
Dr Tanko Sununu
Dr Sununu, stated that this will ensure that people at the grassroots benefit from the scheme regardless of their status.
The lawmaker, explained that the measure would also enable the lawmakers to choose the particular group of individuals or group that would benefit.
He said;” The reason why we endorsed it is that a lawmaker would now have the right to go to NHIS to ask why his people are dissatisfied with the services of the scheme.
” It will be tracked along the line and the area of dissatisfaction would be detected and correction would be done.
Dr Sununu, urged lawmakers to embrace the humanitarian service to their constituencies.
The executive secretary of the NHIS Professor Muhammad Sambo, explained that a lawmaker can sponsor one thousand people for one year at the cost of ten million naira or fifteen million naira for two years.
Prof Sambo stated that they have developed a platform called Group individual and family social insurance program GIFSIP.
He explained that it is a platform that would bring individuals, families as well as groups to pay premium on behalf of people in their communities.
He said;” The constituency health project is also tagged along this GIFSIP, where lawmakers can put some funds in the NHIS to cover the people in their constituencies.
The Executive secretary, urged wealthy individuals to invest in the initiative to assist the less privileged, to attain universal health coverage in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s next level agenda.