By Matthew Denis
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on Tuesday urged states governments to set up social health insurance programmes in order to benefit from the basic health care provision.
The General Manager in charge of North Central Zone A, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Onimajesin made the disclosure during an interview with this medium in Ilorin.
He stressed that the scheme is geared towards providing insurance cover to both public institutions and the organised private sector.
Onimajesin explained that his zone which covers Kwara, Kogi and Niger states, has developed various programmes for the people to access.
He said, “We categorised our programmes into the formal and informal sectors. When you talk of performance in terms of the formal sector, we can now substantiate that we have covered the Federal Government workers who are the components of the public sector.
“The states are yet to key in though we know that in Kwara, the social insurance scheme is still in progress. Niger and Kogi are also in the process of doing that too.
“As it is, we can say, we are fairly doing well but we will be more satisfied if all the states in the zone key into the scheme.”
Onimajesin further said, “In the informal sector, we have two programmes in Kwara, three in Niger and we are expecting three in Kogi states with substantial numbers of participants that are into these programmes.
“We also have voluntary contributors programme which you might not be beneficiary of the federal programme or belonging to the community to buy into this programme.
“Some people now see it as an avenue to patronise this programme since the states are not coming on board.”