By Asma’u Ahmad
The Niger State Government has expressed its readiness to join the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) so as to improve health care delivery to the citizens.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jibril Mustapha, conveyed the government’s plans at a news conference in Minna on Thursday.
He said that the state government was signing up for the scheme in its efforts to make health care delivery accessible for the residents. He noted that workers in the state were often finding it difficult to access healthcare services because of cash constraints.
Dr Mustapha said that the adoption of the scheme would facilitate the efforts of the state government to meet the health care needs of its workers.
He said that a bill on the introduction of health insurance scheme would soon be sent to the state House of Assembly.
The commissioner said that the scheme would enable residents to access health care services by paying a small percentage of the service charges.
“We have already provided modern health facilities for all our health institutions,” he added.