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FCT residents urged to register for health insurance scheme

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By Cyril Mbah, Abuja

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory have been advised to register to benefit from the community health insurance scheme launched recently by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

The director of FCT Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Mohammed Ahmed Dan-Fulani, who made the call while addressing participants at a one-day training workshop for health workers in Kuje, said the advantages of owning a health insurance far outweighs the disadvantages.

Dan-Fulani listed the advantages to include access to quality health care, being admitted in hospitals without the need for deposits before treatment and the right to be treated first by health care workers.

He stated that the scheme would be launched in each of the six area councils of the territory and that health workers who were expected to operate the scheme would be given adequate training to ensure efficient service delivery.

Dan-Fulani also assured the residents that the scheme would be pocket-friendly and residents required to pay only N13, 000 annually for membership.

Wife of the chairman, Kuje Area Council, Hajia Salamatu Sabo, who declared the training open commended the government for bringing healthcare services nearer to the people.

Salamatu appealed for special consideration for the poor and needy in the society and she urged participants to take the course seriously to enable them provide quality service to the people.

Director, Kuje Primary Healthcare Centre, Mrs. Gloria Tanko expressed appreciation that the centre was chosen to handle the training and the health insurance scheme promising that health workers would be properly supervised to ensure that each one of them practised what they were taught at the workshop.

About 30 health workers comprising nurses, midwives, doctors and administrative staff attended the workshop which was organised by the FCT Health Secretariat.

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