Niger State government in North central Nigeria, has planed to take care of the poor and vulnerable groups as beneficiaries of its contributory health insurance scheme.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who stated this during the launching of the Niger State Contributory Health Scheme in Minna, the State Capital during the week, mentioned that the government has set aside Equity funds from the Consolidated Revenue in the 2022 Budget appropriation for that purpose.
The Governor who further said the state took interest in introducing health insurance known as “Nicare,” to protect families and households from catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditures in seeking the much-needed healthcare services, implored the well-to-do in the society to support the vulnerable to have access to health care provisions.
The Governor added that the Nicare scheme is for both the formal and informal sectors which would be made compulsory for all residents.
The Governor commended all the various stakeholders that contributed to the success of the establishment and for the development of the health sector.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi, who commended the Niger State government for the support in actualizing the objectives said, “The Niger State Contributory Health Scheme is a healthcare financing reform that would operate on the principles of harmony, risk-sharing and pooling of resources for the provision of affordable, accessible and qualitative healthcare to all Nigerlites on a sustainable basis.”