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Security personnel urged to adopt health policies

13 December 2013, 08:38Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has called on uniformed forces to embrace healthcare policies to ensure the health of their dependants.

North-East zonal coordinator of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Alhaji Ma’aji Abdu made the call at a one day sensitization workshop organized by the NHIS for police, immigration, prisons, Civil Defense Corps and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Taraba State.

“It gives you peace of mind over your dependents even when you are out on foreign mission. It takes care of emergencies when you least expect it even in your absence and affords you the convenience to choose a service provider of your choice,” Adu said.

He noted that uniformed personnel were at a disadvantage due to their incessant movement from one place to another as a result of transfer.

He also stressed the need for Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) to embark on rapid sensitization especially at the rural areas.

“HMOs are not doing what they are supposed to do. They are supposed to go out and sensitize the public and they are supposed to open offices in states where they have about 5 000 lives,” he said.

Abdu also stressed on the need to embrace the Community Based Social Health Insurance Programme (CBSHIP), which he said would eliminate financial and physical barriers to healthcare in rural areas and sub-urban communities irrespective of economic status.

“The programme is designed to operate as “Nonprofit scheme, built on the principle of mutual aid and collective pooling of health risk and would be owned and managed by the cohesive groups involved,” said Abdu.

– CAJ News


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