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Nigeria: New NHIS Registration to Be Done on Mobile Phones



Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Tuesday while presenting his ministry’s score card at the 2014 ministerial platform held at the National Press Centre in Abuja, said President Goodluck Jonathan would soon launch a new National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration format.

Chukwu said that under the new registration format, Nigerians could enroll for the scheme using mobile telephone technology.

"It will reduce the difficulties associated with queuing up in offices to be registered for the NHIS and it will improve health insurance coverage for Nigerians.

``We want every Nigerian to enjoy a form of health insurance and this we want to do in a number of innovative ways,’’ he said.

He said the aim of the new registration format was to upscale healthcare financing and improved health insurance coverage beyond 30 per cent targeted by the Federal Government.

The minister said about 24 million Nigerian children had been scheduled to be enrolled under the new registration format, adding that it was part of the strategic plan for universal health coverage.

Chukwu assured Nigerians that registration for the scheme would be made easier when the new format was inaugurated by the Federal Government.

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