Oru Leonard

The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) is applauding the signing into law, the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Head, Corporate Affairs, Media and Communication, Mr Omini Oden stated this in press release he signed and made available to News Dot Africa today.

NSCC is delighted that the new Act shall ensure full health coverage for all Nigerians including Older Persons at all levels.

Director General of the NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro says the new Act is a spring board and backbone to the National Senior Citizens Centre, NPHCDA and WHO-Nigeria MOU on mainstreaming Geriatric care into Primary HealthCare to ensure Integrated Care for Older Persons (ICOPE).

Dr Omokaro commends the foresightedness of President Muhammadu Buhari for actualizing it thus repealing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act which has been in existence since 2004.

Of particular note she said, is the concern for the vulnerable and creation of the Vulnerable Group Fund that will ensure that over Eighty-three Million Nigerians who cannot afford to pay Health Insurance premiums are catered for.

The new National Health Insurance Authority will collaborate with state governments to accredit primary and secondary healthcare facilities as well as ensure the enrollment of Nigerians.

The National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency on achieving Integrated Care for Older Persons, Mainstreaming Geriatric Care and Geriatric Home Help into Primary care system in Nigeria, an outcome of a two day National Workshop on Integrated Care for Older Persons Organized by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria.

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