Associations Enroll 200 FCT Residents Into Health Insurance Scheme

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1 YouthHubAfrica in collaboration with Christian Aid on Friday enrolled 200 vulnerable individuals in Gwagwalada, Bwari and Waru communities into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health Insurance Scheme.

2 Mr Rotimi Olawale ,Executive Director ,YouthHubAfrica,  made this known  on the handing-over ceremony of cards to beneficiaries in Waru ,Abuja .

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3 Olawale said that the project was  implemented  to advertise Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in FCT to enable  them access quality health take care of a period of 12 months without spending a dime.

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5 “Medical insurance  coverage is low in Nigeria and people who find themselves covered are mostly  covered by the organisations they work for .

6 ” Nevertheless , individuals who work within the informal sector would not have such privilege, a lot of them don’t consider that health may be free or could  have their insurance covered.

7 “Most of them pay  out of pocket  and when they can not pay they simply don’t go to the hospitals and that’s where the marginalisation involves play ,” he said.

8 Olawale said the  idea was to partner with the FCT Health Insurance  Authority (NHIA) to  assist indigent people access quality health care.

9 ” Our team went to the sector with a pre-designed survey, the concept  was to  discover  people who find themselves below a certain level of earnings or  marginalised individuals  would profit probably the most  from this medical insurance scheme .

10 ” We paid on their behalf and register them  under the FCT Health Insurance Scheme .

11 “So today’s event is to present the registration card to the beneficiaries  we hope that after they get registered on this service, they’ll have the ability to access services at different hospitals, “he said.

12 Prof. Mohammed  Sambo, Chief Executive Officer, FCT National Health Insurance Authority  (NHIA) ,  represented by Mr Greg Azubuke ,NHIA, FCT Coordinator ,commended  YouthHubAfrica  for the initiative.

13 Sambo said that  the agency attached great importance to the gesture .

14 He said, “Medical insurance is a situation whereby you’ll be able to just walk right into a facility of your alternative and access the most effective possible medical attention without paying a dime .

15 “That’s what we’re here to do by the nice will of YouthHubAfrica, they’ve been capable of register 200 people from three communities within the FCT .

16 “By virtue of this registration, these  200 lucky people can easily walk right into a hospital of their alternative and be treated for whatever ailments ailments they could and walk out without paying a kobo.

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18 Sambo  called on other residents of goodwill to emulate the instance set by  YouthHubAfrica by visiting communities and picking certain numbers of individuals and make them access quality and reasonably priced healthcare in hospital of their alternative.

19 He said the burden mustn’t be left to government alone  since it takes collaborative efforts to tackle issues and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the chance.

20 Mr Temitope  Fashola,  Country Director ,Christian Aid ,represented by  Dorcas Asaolu, Health and Human Development Intern, said  achieving universal health coverage meant that everyone has access to  needed good quality  healthcare without suffering financial hardship .

21 Fashola said that the LGA UHC Initiative project was born in 2020 to  achieve healthcare coverage for all .

22 “Christian Aid Nigeria  has over the course of two years taken the initiative from  Nasarawa to Benue and the FCT .

23 ” This handing over of the FCT Health Insurance Scheme cards to participants is according to the UHC goal and built on adoption model to stimulate trust.

24 “It is a strong affirmation that with our joint efforts, we are able to push our cooperation in improving access to quality ,timely and reasonably priced health take care of all.

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26 The District Head of  Waru ,Ibrahim Sarki ,thanked YouthHubAfrica for the gesture.

27 He said he had been a beneficiary of medical insurance scheme previously so he understood how much the organisation  would have spent to grant his community members medical insurance.

28 ” I need to  show my appreciation to YouthHubAfrica  that on behalf of my people  we’re comfortable ,”he said

29 NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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