Bayelsa votes N500m for health insurance scheme

Bayelsa votes N500m for health insurance scheme

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Nigeria

(The Guardian Nigeria) - THE Bayelsa State government has earmarked N500 million to kick-start a health insurance scheme.

Disclosing this while receiving the report of the state Health Committee in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Seriake Dickson said the scheme would cover all civil servants.

According to him, “this is a project that we are very passionate about and that is the state’s health insurance policy. I have been informed that you have talked about it.

“I hope that your recommendations and findings in that regard are exhaustive but we intend, in no distant time, to set up a technical committee to undertake the drafting of the legislation that will support the health insurance scheme.”

He added: “We feel that we should not allow our people to bear the brunt of healthcare. It is never done in any decent society. Our people in this state deserve the support of government in terms of healthcare provisions and particularly, they need to know that if they fall ill and do not have money, their government has a programme that will come to their aid.”