Plateau government to set up agency for NHIS

ARRANGEMENTS have been concluded by the Plateau State Government for the establishment of Plateau State Health Agency in preparation for the National Health Insurance Scheme in the formal sector.

The State Commissioner for information and Communications , Muhammad  Nazif who disclosed this during a monthly ministerial press briefing held at the state secretariat in Jos  disclosed that already,Governor  Simon Lalong had  given approval for the take off of the agency adding that, that was in furtherance of the government commitment to the health sector.

According to the Commissioner ,the state government was committed to improving the condition of things in all the sectors disclosing further that five ambulances had been procured and distributed to five hospitals in the state ,adding that funds had also been approved and released by the governor  to offset surgery expenses for ten children with heart defects who were operated upon.

“We are also proud to say that one of the highpoint of our activities during this period was the containment of the recent lassa fever outbreak in which no casualty was recorded “.

Against the backdrop of lean resources, the commissioner said government priorities had been streamlined to cater for the basic necessities in line with the change philosophy of the administration, adding that workers salaries had been paid up to August while efforts were being made to pay that of September.

He added that accumulated pensions inherited by the administration had been paid up to March 2016 adding that efforts were being made to clear the outstanding balance.

Mallam Nazif further disclosed that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between the state ministry of tourism and a reputable Chinesse company for the development of some selected tourism sites in the state” some of the tourist sites are ROC International Hotel, Plateau State Hotel, Jos Wild Life Park and Solomon Lar Amusement Park” .