The National Union ofÂ Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has appointed Healthcare PHB Limited as the Health Management Organization (HMO) for its Road Accident Health Insurance Scheme (RAHIS).
The scheme which provides emergency medical insurance for operational members of the NURTW and their passengers covers commercial vehicles used for public transportation throughout the federation. Under the arrangement, Healthcare PHB would ensure that that Union Members and Passengers are provided with ambulance to the nearest hospital in the event of road traffic accident anywhere in Nigeria.
Speaking at the official launch of the scheme, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare PHB, Dr. Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani, said the HMO decided to go into the collaboration as a result of the serious concern and legitimate worry of the NURTW over the very poor morbidity and mortality outcomes of members who become victims of road accidents in the country as well as the resolve of her organization to bring the Pre- paid Health Insurance to those class of Nigerians who are not able to enjoy the benefits of such programmes, besides Bank PHBâ€™s corporate social responsibility philosophy which inspired the project.
Dr. Jeff-Nnamani re-instated that the programme shall provide cover for both the Driver and the Passengers in any commercial vehicle of a registered member of NURTW who has obtained the insurance scratch card whose name must be entered in the passengers manifest for the trip.
Addressing the guests, NURTW President, Alhaji Dr. Gidado Hamman, said the scheme is established to reduce financial burden on the Union in times of accidents, alleviate the risk of road crashes, and provide financial relief to Drivers, Conductors and Passengers faced with perils on the road, while embarking on intra and inter-state journeys.
He said despite the efforts of Federal Road Safety Corporations and the various Road Traffic Officers on our highways, the Union continues to record high frequency of uninsured accidents with the resultant loss of human and economic losses. He said the scheme is structured to reduce accidents and cases of high level human casualties to the barest minimum throughout the federation.
Hamman added that the presence of the ambulances, circuit cameras and toll free lines on the highways promises to reduce cases of robbery and related crimes on our highways.