COAS orders enrolment of personnel, families in NHIS

Major General Taoreed Lagbaja

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, has directed all personnel and families of soldiers in Borno cantonment to enrol in the National Health Insurance Scheme under the Cantonment Medical Reception Station.

According to him, this would enable personnel and families to enjoy free medical care.

In a statement on Friday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said the COAS gave the directive while responding to an inquiry from the commanders of the Abogo Largema military cantonment in Borno.

The commanders, Lieutenant Colonels Aliyu Garba and Muphtau Arilesere had in their briefs stressed the need for increased capitation for the cantonment MRS since it is serving both units.


They also informed the COAS of the security situation in their area of responsibility, the infrastructural status, and the challenges facing the units.

The statement partly read, “Responding to issues raised by the commanders, Gen. Lagbaja directed that all personnel and their families in the cantonment be enrolled in the National Health Insurance Scheme under the Cantonment Medical Reception Station to enable them to access free medical care, adding that capitation depends on the number of enrollees.

The COAS also promised to address the challenge of infrastructure deficits in the cantonment.

Onyema stated that the COAS appreciated the soldiers for their service to the nation in ensuring peace and stability in their area of responsibility. He added that socio-economic activities have been restored in the general area.

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