The Federal Government has committed about N485 million into the Benue State Health Insurance Scheme (BNSHIS) to tackle the health challenges of vulnerable groups in the state.
Also, the Benue government has fully keyed into the scheme and spent over N1 billion as counterpart fund for the construction of office accommodation and payment of staff salaries.
Addressing the 23 local council chairmen, directors of local government health authorities and other critical stakeholders at a sensitisation workshop in Makurdi, the Executive Secretary of BNSHIS, Dr. Kenneth Korve, urged the participants to educate their subjects at the grassroots on the need to get registered to access benefits from the scheme.
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Korve said the target registrants to benefit from the scheme would include civil servants, senior citizens, children, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups in the state.
He explained that the fund provided by the Federal Government was meant for children under five years, widows, people with disabilities, pregnant women and the aged.