The Federal Government is set to implement the inclusion of the elderly in the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) to attain Universal Health Coverage(UHC) under the coverage of ‘leaving no one behind’ as it is being carefully studied
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in his remarks at the second presentation of the ministerial committee report on the provision of health insurance for retirees and the elderly in Nigeria, said other interventions by the ministry to ensure the inclusion of senior citizens are the creation of an elderly branch in the gender, adolescent school health and elderly care division of the family health department in 2008 to formulate policy, guidelines, and action plans for the health care and well-being of the older persons.
Ehanire said, “In 2016, the Ministry created a project called the Health Program for Improved Quality Care. Both the Elderly care program and the HEPIQ-C project have worked assiduously to ensure that the good health and well-being of the elderly are taken care of.
“In 2018, the FMOH embarked on the establishment of six geriatric centres; one in each of the six geo-political zones. The project is on course,” He said.
He added that the elderly and retirees will also benefit from the emergency medical services at no cost at the point of care.