The Federal Government has made provisions for corps members to be covered by health insurance.
This was made known by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho on Wednesday, May 16 2018 while contributing to a motion sponsored by Andrew Uchendu.
According to Tejuosho, this will be implemented from the one percent of consolidated revenue fund to be dedicated to health, as stipulated by the National Health Act.
He said; “I want to refer to the budget that we are passing today that the issue of youth corpers in Nigeria is well highlighted.
“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.
“Any youth corper will be entitled to go to any hospital in the location in the local government that is covered by health insurance.
“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.”
To buttress his points, the lawmaker cited two corps members who died at NYSC camp.
Uchendu made reference to Hilda Amadi who died at the NYSC camp in Yipkata, Kwara State during the corps members three-week orientation course
He also made reference to a graduate of Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt was said to have slumped and died on April 26.
The corps member reportedly died after she suffered a bone fracture during a morning drill on Monday, April 23, 2018.
However, Tejuoso said that the one percent of the Consolidate Revenue Fund (CRF) will ensure that youth corpers are covered by health insurance.