By Yemi Itodo
Lawmaker representing Ogun central, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, has said
health insurance for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has been included in the just passed 2018 budget.
The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, passed a budget of N9,120,334,988,225, after the report was laid on Tuesday.
In the said budget, the sum of N269,965,117,887 was passed as recurrent expenditure for the Federal Ministry of Health.
Senator Tejuosho, while justifying the provision for the health sector and the controversial one percent (1%) of the consolidated revenue fund earmarked by the National Assembly for health, said corps members would be entitled to go for treatment in any hospital that is covered by insurance.
“I want to refer to the budget that we are passing today that the issue of youth corpers in Nigeria is well alighted. In the introduction of the one percent of the consolidated revenue fund that is going to be introduced in this new budget to ensure that all the youth corpers are covered by the health insurance. At events like this, you don’t need to rely on the doctors in camp,” the senator said.
“So these kind of incidents won’t repeat itself. The solution is included in this new budget that all the 300,000 youth corpers, every year, will be covered by the health insurance.”
Earlier, while moving a motion, Senator Andrew Uchendu (Rivers South), recalled the incident of Hilda Amade, a corps member who lost her life at the Kwara state camp recently.
“She first twisted her knees during man-o-war rehearsals during her stay at the clinic. They refused to let her friend, Jennifer Dike, take her home, adding that her parents must come from Port Harcourt to pick her up,” he said.
“On April 24, she lost consciousness but was later resuscitated. Even when the doctors resolved to take her to Illorin for serious attention, that decision was not implemented.
“On April 26, her friend Jennifer saw an ambulance speeding out of the camp and surprised that when she got back to the clinic, another patient was on the bed.
On the same day, corps members were assembled and informed of the death of Hilda neither the camp commandant nor the Kwara state NYSC coordinator deemed it necessary to visit late Hilda at the camp clinic.”