Albinos to get special scheme in Nigerian health insurance – NHIS

The project will flag off in the next four months.

The National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, said on Monday that it would incorporate people living with albinism into the scheme.

A statement signed by the Head, Media and External Relations of NHIS, Hannatu Ardo, announced this in Abuja.

The statement quoted NHIS’s Acting Executive Secretary, Abdulrahman Sambo, as saying that the scheme was synonymous with programmes targeted at providing qualitative healthcare services to the citizenry.

“We have different kinds of programmes aimed at covering those in the informal sector; however, these programmes are not free. For instance, the Community Based Health Insurance Programme and Voluntary Contributors Social Health Insurance Programme, among others, are programmes targeted at providing qualitative healthcare services to people in the informal sector,” Mr. Sambo said.

Mr. Sambo said that a committee had been set up to advise the management of the scheme on the potential sources of funding for the health challenges of albinos. He said that there was also the need to look at the contents of the benefit packages, as the health challenges of albinos were different from other vulnerable groups.

The secretary added that NHIS partnered with the Albino Foundation because of its mandate to extend coverage to all and sundry, irrespective of gender and social status. He said that the albino project would be flagged off within the next four months.

“The committee is mandated to develop a concept note for people with albinism, identify the potential form of funding the programme and the payment system suitable for the project.”

The scheme has covered not less than 4.8 million people since its inception in 2005.

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