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NHIS: FG Enrolls 500 Persons With Disabilities

The Federal Government says it has enrolled 500 Persons Living with Disabilities into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to enhance their access to quality healthcare services.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, made this known at a symbolic presentation of the NHIS Identity Cards to the beneficiaries, on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, the move will ensure affordable healthcare coverage for PLWDs across the country.

The enrolment exercise was facilitated by the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

The exercise was meant to alleviate the suffering faced by PLWDs in accessing affordable healthcare services.

He said the government began implementation of the pilot scheme in the Federal Capital Territory and expected to have it extended to the 36 states of the federation.

Also, the Executive Secretary, NCPWD, Mr. James Lalu assured PLWDs of his determination to support their welfare and children’s education, to ensure a better future within the disability community.

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The Commission, he said, secured employment opportunities for PLWDs in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

”This is in fulfilment of the five per cent employment opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in line with the NCPWD establishment Act,” he added.

He lauded former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, for accelerating the percentage of employment opportunities for PLWDs in the country.

Lalu also reiterated his commitment to ensuring the development of the allocated permanent site meant for the building of residential houses of PLWDs in the Zuba area of the FCT.

Responding, Mr. Mohammed Dantani, who spoke on behalf of the palace, urged the government to support the education of their children.

Dantani, who is also the Secretary, FCT Community of PLWDs, thanked the federal government for its support towards uplifting the living standard of PLWDs in the FCT

He, however, called for the deployment of additional teachers to the community primary school in the area, noting that it was overstretched due to manpower gaps.