Over 50,000 residents of Nasarawa State are presently enrolled with the Nasarawa State Well being Insurance coverage Company (NASHIA).
NASHIA’s Government Secretary, Dr. Gaza Gwamna introduced when he gave an replace on the company’s program at a press convention in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa state.
Nonetheless, the NASHIA Government Secretary acknowledged that because of the state Treasury’s delay in beginning deducting salaries and claims of state officers and retirees to fund this system, solely the casual sector has begun entry to well being companies beneath this system get hold of .
THISDAY discovered that organized labor within the state had not too long ago agreed that month-to-month deductions of three p.c of primary wages for employees and one p.c of pensioners’ advantages ought to start instantly and be transferred to the company to permit these teams of individuals entry to well being care Statutory medical insurance advantages.
Nonetheless, the Government Secretary famous that those that had beforehand enrolled within the casual sector to profit from this system have been largely the weak; particularly almajiri youngsters, orphans and the aged, whose payments have been financed by the state authorities and personal organizations.
Gwamna praised organized labor within the state for taking part in this system, however famous that officers and retirees would have entry to well being companies beneath the company as soon as their wages have been deducted to fund this system.
He mentioned, “We now have registered all orphanages in Nasarawa State. These youngsters are coated by medical insurance funded by the state authorities. Due to the nice coronary heart of Governor Abdullahi Sule, we did the identical with al’majiri youngsters.
“So far we’ve got enrolled round 51,000 folks, and never all of them have paid their premium. We now have a few of them whose premium has been paid by the federal authorities whereas others have their premium paid by the state authorities, which is the efforts of the federal authorities.
“Then we’ve got among the enrollments whose bounties have been paid by some NGOs. Individuals who have paid their bounty and may go to the hospital and get well being companies presently price about N32,000,” Gwamna mentioned.