19 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has flagged off the Pro Poor and Vulnerable Persons Social Health Insurance towards the attainment of universal health coverage in the Territory .
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani
Aliyu, who performed the ceremony in Gwagwalada Area Council said the move is geared towards improving the lives and wellbeing of every FCT resident especially the poor and vulnerable persons in rural areas.
Represented by the Acting Secretary of FCT Area Council Service Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, the minister noted that access to qualitative healthcare especially in hard-to-reach communities, remains a challenge that must be addressed headlong.
Dr Aliyu affirmed that the programme was a strategy for enhancing social inclusion, a demonstration of efforts to bring succour and hope to the poorest of the poor and vulnerable households.
” we cannot afford to have a health insurance scheme that is accessible to only a few”.
She pledged full commitment to adequate funding for the programme to ensure its success, sustainability and replicate same across Area Councils.
Earlier,, the Director FCT Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Mohammed Danfulani, revealed that the enrollees of the programme would enjoy a very robust service package almost equal to the formal sector package, including an opportunity for referral to secondary care facilities and major surgeries.
He assured that the move would help to address heavy out of pocket spending for the vulnerable group.