In the press - This Day (Lagos), 28 January 2007
NHIS: Netherlands Grants Nigeria N5.5billion
This Day (Lagos)
January 28, 2007
Posted to the web January 29, 2007
By Hammed Shittu
The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Arie Vander Wiel, at the weekend said that his home governement has released N5.5 billion as counterpart fund on Health Insurance Scheme to the government of Nigeria in order to wipe out health related diseases in the country.
Wiel stated this at Shonga in Edu Local Government Council Area of Kwara State while flagging off Dutch Insurance Health Project collaboration with the government of Kwara state.
According to him, the initiative was meant to enhance an accessible basic health care to individuals and families in the various communities in Africa at a very subsidized rate .
He said "the Shonga community in Kwara State was the second town in Nigeria that would benefit from the scheme while Lagos State has also benefited from the gesture few days ago".
The Ambassador added that the programme was a collaborative effort that would allow the participating countries to contribute certain sum of money every month and be having access to medical treatment without any hindrance and this would assist them to have quality medical treatment .
He aded that: "the government of Netherlands is very happy to support the project because health is wealth and no amount of money spent on it wasted". Wiel urged the people of the community to contribute to the insurance scheme because "it took my country 100 years to wage war against health related diseases and if they join hands with this scheme the desire of the government of Nigeria to wipe out health related diseases by 2015 will be one of the things of the past".
Commending the Kwara State Government for taking serious interest in health programme, he adviced the governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, not to relent in efforts at improving the health care delivery system in the state.
Earlier, Saraki thanked the government of Netherlands for considering the state in the scheme, saying that the development would go along way at brining health care delivery to the doorsteps of the rural populace.
Saraki said that the present administration since inception of office in 2003, has been embarking on series of health related programmes aimed at enhancing the health development of the people.
He therefore assured that the programme would be taken seriously in order to achieve the desired results it was meant for so as to bring new lease of life to the citizenry.
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