The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday resolved that National Youth Service Corps’ (NYSC) members be incorporated into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Health Minister Isaac Adewole told State House correspondents after the FEC meeting that this was aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths among youth corp members across the country.
The minister said: “Council approved the memo that henceforth we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country.
“This will guarantee access to quality care across the country, prevent unnecessary deaths and also ensure our youth corps members receive the highest attainable level of care across the country.”
Adewole also stated that the FEC approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, on the procurement and distribution of contraceptives across the country.
“The federal government has the policy of free distribution of contraceptives commodities and services across the country. We have renewed the MoU today to last for the next four years between 2017 and 2020. And that we also continue to provide effective safe voluntary contraceptives services across,” He said.
The minister noted that the government had formally declared the Meningitis outbreak over in the country.
He said he also informed the council that there was no recorded new cases of polio in the country in 2017.
Adewole added that seven new cases of Lessa fever were recorded across the country.
He said the cholera outbreak in Kwara State “has also fizzled out.”