Graduates in their compulsory 1 year National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) will now have direct access the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

This was one of the resolutions passed at Wednesday's Federal Executive Council meeting led by the Acting President.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, announced the decision when he briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adewole expressed optimism that the inclusion of the corps’ members in the health scheme would not only check the reported unnecessary deaths among NYSC members but would also ensure that they receive the highest attainable level of healthcare across Nigeria.

“The other memorandum taken at today’s meeting had to do with how we will prevent unnecessary deaths among the corps members across the country.

“The Council approved the memo that henceforth we will include NYSC members in the National Health Insurance Scheme across the country and this will guarantee access to quality healthcare across the country, prevent unnecessary deaths and also ensure that the NYSC members receive the highest (attainable) level of healthcare services across the country, the minister said.

Professor Adewole also presented the reports on the state of public health services to the council.

According to him, no case of polio was recorded in the country in 2017. Only 7 new cases of Lassa fever were recorded across the country this year.

“We have formally declared the meningitis outbreak over in the country.

“We also informed FEC that we have not recorded any case of polio in 2017.

“We have recorded 7 new cases of Lassa fever across the country and the cholera outbreak in Kwara state has also fizzled out.

“So, we have to report that to FEC, today,’’ the minister added.