By Patience Saghana
The Road Accident Health Insurance Scheme (RAHIS) put together by the Nigerian Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW) and released by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC will commence nationwide from Wednesday 9th of September 2009
The Road Accident Health Insurance Scheme (RAHIS), is a scheme that provides emergency medical insurance for commercial road transport users, drivers and all their passengers.
A statement released by the National Working Committee of the project chaired by Mr. Darlington Anyanwu in Abuja recently said that RAHIS is coming under the platform of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) whose registered members and all their passengers are already the first beneficiaries, adding that it is also open to other organised public commercial road users, transport companies, organisations and all their passengers who get registered in the scheme.
Besides, Dr. Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare PHB 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 high morbidity and mortalityÂ of members who become victims of road accidents in the country as well as the resolve of her organisation 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 willÂ 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. She said, as the first of its kind in the country, the organisation is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the success of the programme.
Dr. Nnamani said ambulances of world class standard, with life sustaining equipment fitted are being provided for the nationwide project.Â Also an ultra-modern, fully equipped call centre with 24 hours toll-free lines to ensure prompt response and quality service delivery has also been established.