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Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria. Monday, Nov. 30, 2020: The federal government today inaugurated a committee on the provision of health insurance for retirees and the elderly in the country.
While inaugurating the committee, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said that the move “underscores the resolve and commitment of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to improve access to healthcare and promote the wellbeing of ageing citizens of our country through provision of health insurance”
The Minister also said the committee will “examine options for the provision of health insurance for retirees and the elderly in Nigeria.”
The committee’s terms of reference, according to the minister, are:”To assess the current situation of health insurance coverage and access to health care for retirees and senior citizens (over 60 years) in Nigeria; To develop a national framework for the effective health insurance coverage of retirees and senior citizens and to make recommendations to the Minister of Health on the potential resource mobilization as well as other mechanisms for the successful implementation of the framework.”
Others are:”To undertake any other activity that will facilitate the health insurance coverage of retirees and senior citizens in Nigeria and to recommend Technical Sub–Committee to be constituted from the main committee.
The committee is chaired by Mr Linus Awute, a seasoned, now retired former Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Health.
Other members of the committee are Prof. Muhammad Nasiru Sambo, Executive Secretary NHIS who is the Co-Chairman; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare and Pension, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Dr Salma Anas-Kolo, Director of Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health among others.
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