In his first two years in office, President-elect Bola Tinubu plans to provide health insurance to at least 87 million Nigerians.
Oyakhilome Bello, APC United States national youth leader in Abuja, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja.
Mr Tinubu, the APC youth leader, stated that by deploying the mandatory National Health Insurance Scheme, he will ensure that 40% of Nigerians benefit, noting that the president-elect planned to achieve this expansion by increasing the financing available for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund and the Vulnerable Group Fund, both of which President Muhammadu Buhari recently established.
He went on to say that the scheme was designed to protect the health of vulnerable Nigerians.
Mr Bello went on to say that Mr Tinubu intended to decentralize the social health insurance scheme so that all Nigerians would be covered by a centralized national scheme overseen by the National Health Insurance Authority.
The APC chairman advised Nigerians to check their vital signs on a daily basis in order to live a healthier and longer life. He delivered the advise at a medical outreach sponsored by Ade Omole, the defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC)’s director of diaspora, to assist a political pressure group called Patriots in Defense of Democracy.
Mr Bello emphasized the importance of vital signs monitoring in living a healthy and long life because it “gives us a glimpse into our overall well-being and signals early signs of an infection as well as prevents a misdiagnosis.”
Since March 26, the group has been having a daily pre-inauguration hangout at the Abuja Unity Fountain for Mr Tinubu, who is generally believed to be battling a hidden illness and occasionally appears as a fumbling, inarticulate figure.
The group’s convener, Tosin Adeyanju, stated that the hangout was held in solidarity with the mandate granted to Mr Tinubu by Nigerians on February 25. He explained that the purpose of the hangout was to divert the existing narratives about the presidential election and the appearance of their principal as president-elect, which will continue until May 29, when Mr Tinubu is sworn in.
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