The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the inclusion of National Youth Service Corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adewole said the approval was given in order to put a stop to unnecessary deaths being recorded among youth corps members across the country.
He said, “The other memorandum has to do with how we will prevent unnecessary death among youth corps members across the country.
“Council approved the memo that henceforth, we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country.
“This will guarantee access to quality care across the country, prevent unnecessary deaths and also ensure our youth corps members receive the highest attainable level of care across the country.”
It will be recalled that a corps member, Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo, died at the Kano State Orientation Camp last year while Ukeme Asuquo also died at the orientation camp in Zamfara State.
Adewole said the council also approved the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between his ministry and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on the procurement and distribution of contraceptives commodities across the country.
“The Federal Government has the policy of free distribution of contraceptives commodities and services across the country.
“We have renewed the MoU today (Wednesday) to last for the next four years between 2017 and 2020. And that we also continue to provide effective safe voluntary contraceptives services across the country,” he said.
The minister also said the Federal Government has formally declared the Meningitis outbreak over in the country.
He said he also informed the council that Nigeria has not recorded new cases of polio in 2017.
While saying that the nation has recorded seven new cases of Lassa fever across the country, Adewole said the cholera outbreak in Kwara State has also fizzled out.