NYSC begins compulsory health insurance, mobilises 66,000 for orientation

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , has directed the National Youth Service Corps to ensure the enrolment of corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme , the Director -General of the NYSC , Brigadier -General Shuaibu Ibrahim , said on Monday .

Ibrahim also disclosed that the NYSC had mobilised 66 , 000 graduates from across the country for the 2020 NYSC Batch “B” exercise scheduled to begin on Tuesday ( today ) .

Ibrahim stated these during a media chat in Abuja .

The NYSC DG described the scheme as “the most critical platform for mentoring Nigerian youths as drivers of national unity and development.”

He added , “The scheme has concluded arrangement with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the NHIS in line with a presidential directive . We have also expended huge resources on critical health needs of corps members , including footing of medical bills .

“As of last Thursday, a total of 66 ,000 eligible graduates had been mobilised for the 2020 Batch B service year , resuming on Tuesday , November 10 . They will participate in the orientation exercise , which has been planned in three streams for ease of compliance with the COVID -19 protocols .”

Ibrahim also warned fake graduates seeking to infiltrate the orientation camps to stay away in their own interest .

“This year , we secured the conviction of a fake corps member in Taraba . We are currently prosecuting many others . If you know you’re not a qualified graduate do not show up. If you do, we ’ ll arrest you and hand you over to relevant agencies for prosecution ,” he said .

At the event , the Director – General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu , said corps members would be tested free for COVID – 19 .

Ihekweazu said , “The COVID – 19 tests would be administered free of charge on every corps members . Above all , there would be holding areas set up for isolating and treating those who test positive in the camps .”

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